LIPA service restored to 2,500 on Rockaway Peninsula

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A short-circuit on a utility pole knocked out electricity to almost 2,500 LIPA customers on the Rockaway Peninsula on Thursday morning, a utility spokesman told Newsday.

The utility isolated the pole, rerouted service, and had all customers' service restored by 11:30 a.m. Utility spokesman Mark Gross said the outage occurred at about 9:30 a.m., and said it was not clear what caused the circuit to go down.

The pole, according to LIPA, was located at Beach 149th Street and Neponsit Avenue in the Neponsit section of the Rockaways, bordered by Belle Harbor on one side and Jacob Riis Park on the other.

Gross said the issue was most likely not related to remnants of damage caused by superstorm Sandy, but that it was likely linked to that specific utility pole. He said damage could have been caused by any number of factors including age, an animal or a tree branch.

The cause of the damage, Gross said, would not be determined until the pole was isolated from the grid, de-energized and inspected by a crew.

At its peak, LIPA said the outage affected 2,483 customers.

Most of those affected were in Breezy Point, an area battered by superstorm Sandy when it hit in late October.

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