Letter: Upgrade electrical system on LI

A worker from Xcel Energy handles electrical wires

A worker from Xcel Energy handles electrical wires in the snow on Mannetto Hill Road in Plainview Wednesday where many residents are still without power. (November 7, 2012) Photo by Barry Sloan (Credit: Barry Sloan)

It seems to me that as soon as the wind exceeds 10 mph, my power goes out. I have been without power for eight days.

I realize that Sandy was a very severe storm. However, why has nothing or very little been done in the 42 years I have lived on Long Island to prevent the power from repeatedly being lost? LIPA seems to be going around in circles. What has been the cost of recovery for all the storm damage suffered in the past 42 years? How does that compare with the cost of putting the wires underground?

It appears that most if not all of the restoration work being done is temporary. I don't think crews are upgrading the system. If they were, it stands to reason that there would be less service disruption. This is a very poor use of assets and poor management.

Robert Marketta, Kings Park

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