Marshall Says Power Should Be Restored To 90 Percent Of Howard Beach
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has been working with the Queens office of the City Department of Buildings, FEMA, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Local 3 electricians to team up with LIPA in an accelerated and coordinated effort to get power restored to thousands of Rockaway residents. “We have asked FEMA to increase the 20 assessment teams with additional electricians by working with local organizations right here in Queens,” said Marshall.
LIPA reported to the Borough President Wednesday that it hopes to have the Rockaway Beach substation back in operation late tonight and energize the Hammell Houses development. Work continues in deteriorating weather conditions to energize Dayton Towers equipment. Meanwhile, U.S. Marines have been pumping water out of the basements at Ocean Bay Apartments, another Housing Authority development.
Marshall and LIPA officials stressed that private homes and buildings have to be inspected and cleared for safety before power can be restored. Some properties may be able to be cleared quickly for restoration, while others, more extensively damaged, may require a licensed contractor to be hired before power can be restored.