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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 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.

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

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




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




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




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.




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.




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.




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 or by texting OUT to 695472.

Gas leaks should be reported to National Grid by calling 800-490-0045.




Many Long Island school districts remain closed Friday. For the most up-to-date closure information, go to




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.




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.





Sachem High School East

Hampton Bays High School

Brentwood High School




Brentwood Recreation Center, Brentwood

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




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




Nassau County Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale




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.




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

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

B'nai B'rith International opened a disaster relief fund for Sandy and is collecting donations. To donate or for more information go to





North Hempstead: Call 311 or 516-TOWN-311 for a service representative or go to

Hempstead: Call 516-489-5000 or visit

Oyster Bay: Go to or call highway department to report downed trees at 516-677-5757.

City of Glen Cove: Go to or call the Department of Public Works at 516-676-4402

City of Long Beach: Visit or call city hall at 516-431-1000.



Babylon: Visit 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

East Hampton: Go to or call the highway department to report roadway obstructions at 631-324-0925.

Huntington: Visit or call its 24-hour emergency number, 631-271-6573, or for downed trees, 631-499-0444.

Islip: Visit or call 631-224-5600 to report downed trees or power lines.

Riverhead: Call the storm hotline at 631-727-3200 or visit

Smithtown: Call the Public Safety Department at 631-360-7553

Southampton: Go to or call 631-283-6000.

Southold: Visit or call 631-765-1800.

Shelter Island: Visit or call 631-749-0291.

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