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Letter: Start burying power lines

Power lines in Centereach. (Dec. 11, 2012)

Power lines in Centereach. (Dec. 11, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Newsday's coverage of superstorm Sandy has been excellent -- before, during and after this violent storm ["Tri-state governors urge Senate to OK disaster aid," News, Dec. 14].

We've been reading, from varied sources, the things Long Island needs to do to protect ourselves more successfully from the next serious storm. But the action we really need to take is to start placing our power lines underground.

Sure, the cost would be enormous, but have you added up the cost estimates for damage from Sandy? New York, New Jersey and Connecticut initially asked the federal government for $82 billion.

Can we not have the Long Island Power Authority and all municipal entities, from the state on down, come up with $5 billion yearly to at least begin the job of burying the lines? We could have a multiyear plan for completion.

It takes no environmental scientist to know with certainty that we will have more extreme storms, given the harsh reality of global warming. Unless we have our wires safe from harm, we will suffer horrific damage similar to what we did from Sandy.

Now's the time to get real!

Stan Friedland, East Meadow