Superstorm Sandy: What LIers need to know

A car submerged in floodwaters, in the parking

A car submerged in floodwaters, in the parking space behind Main Street in Sag Harbor. (Oct. 31, 2012) (Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

 

LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD

 

Long Island Rail Road will resume hourly service Friday to Penn Station on the Babylon and Huntington lines. Hourly service started Thursday between Ronkonkoma and Penn Station, and Great Neck and Penn Station.


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No fares are being charged. Riders should go to mta.info for up-to-date information.

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

 

NASSAU COUNTY BUS SERVICE

 

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

 

SUFFOLK COUNTY BUS SERVICE

 

Suffolk County Transit buses have returned to regular service with normal fares.

 

ROAD CONDITIONS

 

Some local roads remain 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 and treat them as a four-way stop.

 

AIRPORTS

 

Kennedy, LaGuardia, Newark-Liberty and Long Island MacArthur airports are open. Travelers should contact their airlines for delay or cancellation information before going to any airport.

 

NEW YORK CITY

 

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

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

Limited subway service resumed Thursday. In Manhattan, there is no subway service below 42nd Street. City buses are running at full service.

 

POWER

 

LIPA is still 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 remain closed Friday. For the most up-to-date closure information, go to newsday.com.

 

WATER SYSTEMS

 

Residents in Long Beach should not drink the water.

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. 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.

 

STAYING WARM

 

Gather together. A crowded room becomes warmer than one with just a few people inside. Close doors to all but essential rooms.

Open curtains and shades to let the sun's warmth in, then close them at dusk.

Wear extra, loose layers of clothing and a head cover, and use layers of blankets on beds.

Do not use electrical generators inside, prop open the oven door or keep oven burners on.

The Town of North Hempstead is encouraging its 100,000 senior citizens to go to its shelters at high schools in Manhasset, Port Washington, Glen Cove, Locust Valley and Farmingdale or other Nassau County shelters.

 

COUNTY SHELTERS

 

SUFFOLK

Sachem High School East

Hampton Bays High School

Brentwood High School

 

PET FRIENDLY SHELTERS IN SUFFOLK

 

Brentwood Recreation Center, Brentwood

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

 

NASSAU

 

Nassau Community College

Levittown Memorial High School

Locust Valley High School

SUNY Old Westbury

Special needs shelter at Nassau Community College's CCB building

An Orthodox Jewish shelter at West Hempstead High School

 

PET FRIENDLY SHELTER IN NASSAU

 

Nassau County Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale

 

MEALS

 

Local, state and federal officials will be distributing meals and bottled water around Long Island Friday, including:

Town of Oyster Bay: Stehli Beach in Bayville, Syosset-Woodbury Community Park and Marjorie R. Post Community Park in Massapequa, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Hempstead: FEMA plans to set up a trailer to distribute meals at Merrick Road Park. Nassau County OEM plans to set up meal trucks at town parks in the coming days.

North Hempstead: Food distribution centers will be open today from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will be open Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bunky Reid Park in Westbury, Tully Park in New Hyde Park, Roslyn LIRR Station, Port Washington LIRR Station, Manhasset High School, Great Neck North High School, Parkwood area, Great Neck South High School. Kosher meals will be available.

 

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.

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