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Irene updates: LIers deal with outages

A tree-cutting crew from Georgia clears a fallen

A tree-cutting crew from Georgia clears a fallen oak from Norton Drive in East Northport. (Aug. 29, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/Lawrence Striegel

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6:05 p.m. -- Shoreham homes remain without power

Large tracts of homes in Shoreham also remain without power, and one look in the front yard of Carol Archer shows why.

A massive tree has brought stretched power and communication wires to the ground, and a utility pole 20 feet away is also down.

The family also owns a condo and business properties in Ludlow, Vt., which was also impacted by heavy flooding.

She's called LIPA and Brookhaven Town to remove the tree, but thus far has been given no estimate of restoration times. Archer traveled to a store to access a computer to view LIPA's outage map but was confounded by the new format, which doesn't list specific neighborhood information, or response times.

"It didn't really give you much information," she said, as two boys on bicycles pulled up to explore the scene. 

--Mark Harrington

4:30 p.m. -- LIGLBT Network opens to anyone without power

The Long Island GLBT Network is opening its Bay Shore Community Center to anyone without power so they can use the organization's computers and WiFi for free this week, said agency chief executive David Kilmnick.

"We are extending our hours this week to 9am-9pm so that folks can get out of their homes, check email, surf the Internet and when available, use our multipurpose room to watch TV," he said. "We are also going to provide hot coffee."

The center is located at 34 Park Ave. in Bayshore.

4:10 p.m. -- Mandatory evacuations in Suffolk lifted

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko and Islip Supervisor Phil Nolan have lifted the mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas as if 1:15 p.m. Monday.

Barrier Island residents are asked to check with their respective village officials about being able to return to their properties.

Fire Island ferry service is expected to resume at 7 a.m. Tuesday out of Bay Shore and Patchogue while ferry service from Sayville depends on the restoration of power. Shelter Island, Orient Point and Port Jefferson ferries have resumed service.

3:55 p.m. -- Big sellers in Mastic Beach: Ice, beer, chips

Despite having lost LIPA power Saturday night, the Handy Pantry in Mastic Beach Village continued to do a brisk business through Monday afternoon, though power remained out.

The store has its own generator, said franchise owner John Gonzales, and kept open even during the height of the storm Sunday.

But there's a "cash only" sign on the front door because communications are out.

"We were very busy," during the storm, Gonzales said. "Our employees weathered it." Big sellers: ice, beer, chips and cold cuts.

Across the street, Saad Aziz, owner of the Track gas station and convenience store, fumed behind the counter of the dark, dank shop.

"I'm losing a lot of business," he said, noting milk and ice cream had to be thrown out and gas sales stopped since Sunday.

He wasn't pleased to see three LIPA trucks parked across the street "doing nothing" while workers lunched.

Within minutes, power was restored to a large section of Mastic Beach Village.

Somewhere in the area, music boomed from a nearby home. Patrons began pulling into the Track gas station as if nothing had happened. And Aziz gestured a thumbs up from behind his lighted counter.

"Yes, perfect," he said of the restoration.

--Mark Harrington

3:20 p.m. -- Ferries resuming service
The Cross Sound auto ferries are running on an hourly basis to and from Orient Point and New London, Conn., officials announced Monday afternoon.

The Sea Jet will resume regular service on Tuesday.

The Block Island Ferry was to resume departures Monday.

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2:59 p.m. -- Suffolk roads still affected by downed trees
Gil Anderson, commissioner of the Suffolk Department of Public Works, said eight locations on county roads remain affected by downed trees on Monday.

"By our estimate, it's over 100 trees on country roadways alone yesterday, and today we are in the process of getting the trees cut and off the road," Anderson said. "We basically did all that yesterday but there are still some that are hanging on lines. We're waiting for LIPA to come through and turn off the power."

Suffolk county maintains 450 miles of highways. The remaining affected locations are:

-- Motor Parkway CR 67 (West side of 231) in Dix Hills.

-- County Road 13A at Ackerson Street in Bay Shore.

-- County Road 10 (Elwood Road) near John Glenn HS and at Bellrose Road in Northport.

-- County Road 86 and Maple Road in Greenlawn.

-- County Road 35 at Tasman Lane in Huntington Station.

--County Road 11 at Pulaski Road in Greenlawn.

-- County Road 14 at the intersection of Dura Court in Kings Park.
-- Matthew Chayes

2:05 p.m. -- Fire Island ferries to resume Tuesday morning
The ferries to Fire Island will resume early Tuesday morning, probably at 7 a.m. But officials want only people who are residents to return -- not tourists.

-- Matthew Chayes

1:25 p.m. -- Irene downed about 700 trees in Oyster Bay
Irene felled an estimated 700 trees in the Town of Oyster Bay, officials said Monday.

Work crews have already removed 85 percent of them, with the remainder needing Long Island Power Authority assistance due to tangled electrical lines.

"Every tree that we can cut has been cut, and every road that we can open has been opened," said town Public Safety Commissioner Justin McCaffrey.

Priority has been restoring access to blocked roads, he added, so debris was first pushed to the side. Removal will begin after, likely later this week.

As for flooding, the town fared well, McCaffrey said. Besides the deluged roads in Bayville village, the town dealt only with flooding on some smaller, canal and harbor-adjacent streets in Massapequa.

"It was nothing significant," McCaffrey said.

1:20 p.m. -- Beaches closed in Long Beach
Long Beach City Manager Charles Theofan said there are 33 big trees down around the city and 3,200 homes without power. Beach and sanitation and highway crews were out Sunday cleaning up.

Today the beaches are closed to swimming but the beaches will be open this weekend.

-- Deborah S. Morris


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