I just got power back about an hour ago. It had been almost a week since losing electricity, heat, stoves and hot water. Millions of dollars worth of spoiled food is being thrown out all over the tristate area and beyond.
On top of that, gasoline is very scarce, and the worst behavior in us comes out when faced with these calamities. Last year it was Irene, this year it was Sandy; God only knows what this winter will bring.
I think that, in the end, we as customers pay for all these heavy repairs and restoration efforts. Perhaps the community needs to sit down with civic and government leaders to prepare a plan to better deal with these natural disasters. I know taking the wiring underground is a very expensive proposition (though many major cities in other states do have this) but the federal government, the state, the county and customers could share the burden and it will be worth it in the long run.
Habeeb U. Ahmed, Westbury