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Why LIPA failed: Utility ignored warnings it wasn't ready for major storm

LIPA workers set up a temporary transformer station

LIPA workers set up a temporary transformer station in the parking lot of what used to be Peninsula Hospital in the Arverne section of the Rockaways. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

The Long Island Power Authority’s agonizingly slow response to Sandy came after warnings as far back as 2006 that the utility was unprepared to handle a major storm, failed to upgrade antiquated technology, neglected vital maintenance and regularly underbudgeted for storm response. A state report and a review of records show that the regional utility lagged behind industry standards by not using...

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