Superstorm Sandy: What LIers need to know

A woman used a ladder to reach her

A woman used a ladder to reach her home after superstorm Sandy ruined the entrance to her home on Bayview Avenue West in Lindenhurst. (Oct. 31, 2012) (Credit: James Carbone)

TRAIN SERVICE

Long Island Rail Road service resumed between Jamaica Station and Atlantic Terminal. The LIRR was to add service between Jamaica and Penn Station late Wednesday or Thursday morning.

Hourly service from Ronkonkoma and Great Neck to Penn Station is to start Thursday. Off-peak fares will be in effect until full service is restored and no onboard penalty fees will be charged. Riders should go to mta.info for up to date information.


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Full service will not be back until the LIRR assesses infrastructure damage and power is restored.

Some Metro-North service also was to be restored Wednesday.

LONG ISLAND BUS SERVICE

NASSAU COUNTY

NICE bus is operating on several routes. Fares will not be collected. Limited Able-Ride service is available. For details, go to nicebus.com.

SUFFOLK COUNTY

Suffolk County Transit buses are to return to regular service Thursday.

ROADS

Many local roads remained closed because of flooding, debris, downed power lines or fallen trees. Many traffic signals are not working because of power outages; drivers should approach those intersections with caution.

In Southampton, Dune Road is open only to business owners with 4-wheel-drive vehicles.

AIRPORTS

Kennedy Airport opened Wednesday to very limited service. The AirTrain remains suspended, but buses are operating. LaGuardia will open Thursday at 7 a.m. with limited flight schedules. Southwest Airlines and USAirways have resumed operations at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Travelers should contact their airlines for delay or cancellation information before going to any airport.

NEW YORK CITY

Private cars with fewer than three people are banned from entering Manhattan on the four East River bridges between 6 a.m. and midnight through Friday.

The Holland, Midtown and Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn Battery tunnels will remain closed.

Limited subway service was to resume Thursday. City buses are running at full service, but are crowded to accommodate additional riders who normally take subways. There will be no subway service below 34th Street in Manhattan.

POWER

LIPA is working to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses. Customers should be prepared for service outages lasting several more days, officials said.

Outages should be reported by calling 800-490-0075, online at liaccount.com/outage or by texting OUT to 695472.

Gas leaks should be reported to National Grid by calling 800-490-0045.

SCHOOLS

Many Long Island school districts expect to remain closed Thursday and possibly Friday. A few schools on the North Fork opened Wednesday. For the most up-to-date closure information, go to newsday.com.

WATER AND SEWER

* Residents in Long Beach should not drink the water. The city's sewage system also is shut down.

* The Bay Park Sewage treatment plant in East Rockaway shut down Wednesday after 9 feet of seawater breached the facility.

* The Water Authority of Western Nassau County advised customers that their water is safe to drink, but asked that use be limited because the agency is relying on emergency generators. When telephone service is restored, customers with problems should call 516-327-4100.

* Water supplies from Suffolk Water Authority are safe to drink, agency officials said. The exception is on Fire Island, where power was shut off Sunday. For more information customers should call 631-698-9500.

* The Suffolk health department advised anyone with a well that was covered by flooding to drink bottled water and have the well tested.

TRASH PICKUP

Some towns resumed trash pickup. Check each town's website for updated information.

STAYING WARM

*Gather together. A crowded room becomes warmer than one with just a few people inside. Close off the house, using only a few essential rooms.

* Take advantage of the sun. Open curtains and shades to let the sun's warmth into the house, then close them at dusk.

* Wear extra, loose layers of clothing and a head cover.

* Use layers of blankets. Create a tent of blankets over your bed to trap warm air inside. Families should share a bed to increase warmth.

* Do not use electrical generators inside homes or garages.

* Do not prop open the oven door or keep oven burners on.

DONATIONS

* Island Harvest in Mineola is taking donations, especially protein products in cans, personal-care items, and baby items. For more information call 631-873-4775.

* Long Island Cares is accepting donations, with the most crucial need for diapers and baby formula that will be delivered to emergency shelters. For more information, call 631-582-FOOD or contact the agency via Facebook at facebook.com/licares.

* Long Island Food Not Bombs is seeking new volunteers and donations of food, clothing, gasoline and communications devices. For more information, send a message to longislandfoodnotbombs@gmail.com.

* B'nai B'rith International opened a disaster relief fund for Sandy and is collecting donations. To donate or for more information go to bbi.convio.net.

HOW TO REACH LI CITIES AND TOWNS

NASSAU

North Hempstead: Call 311 or 516-TOWN-311 for a service representative or go to northhempstead.com.

Hempstead

Call 516-489-5000 or visit townofhempstead.org.

Oyster Bay

Go to oysterbaytown.com or call highway department to report downed trees at 516-677-5757.

City of Glen Cove

Go to glencove-li.us or call the Department of Public Works at 516-676-4402

City of Long Beach

Visit longbeachny.org or call city hall at 516-431-1000.

SUFFOLK

Babylon

Visit townofbabylon.com or call the public safety department at 631-422-7600 to report downed trees.

Brookhaven

Call the highway department at 631-451-9200 to report downed trees or visit brookhaven.org.

East Hampton

Go to town.east-hampton.ny.us or call the highway department to report roadway obstructions at 631-324-0925.

Huntington

Visit huntingtonny.gov or call its 24-hour emergency number, 631-271-6573, or for downed trees, 631-499-0444.

Islip

Visit townofislip-ny.gov or call 631-224-5600 to report downed trees or power lines.

Riverhead

Call the storm hotline at 631-727-3200 or visit townofriverheadny.gov.

Smithtown

Call the Public Safety Department at 631-360-7553

Southampton

Go to southamptontownny.gov or call 631-283-6000.

Southold

Visit southoldtownny.gov or call 631-765-1800.

Shelter Island

Visit shelterislandtown.us or call 631-749-0291.

EVACUATION SHELTERS

SUFFOLK

Sachem High School East

Hampton Bays High School

Brentwood High School

NASSAU

Nassau Community College

Levittown Memorial High School

Locust Valley High School

SUNY Old Westbury

A special needs shelter at Nassau Community College's CCB building

An Orthodox Jewish shelter at West Hempstead High School

PET SHELTERS

SUFFOLK

Brentwood Recreation Center, Brentwood

Woodland Building at the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College, Riverhead

NASSAU

Nassau County Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale.

Manhasset High School

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