Coping with the damages of hurricane Sandy is certainly an enormous task. That’s why Long Island residents, including myself, should be very understanding of the delays in restoring power, and very appreciative of the hard work LIPA crews perform for the community. But I cannot help but ask whether LIPA’ (NYSE:NGG) leadership has its priorities right and allocate resources efficiently and effectively.
I do certainly understand that hospitals, nursing homes, streetlights, and business districts have priority over residential districts. I also understand that the majority of resources should be depleted in areas of sever damage. But what about areas with little damage that might need a small crew to turn a switch on? Wouldn’t be efficient and effective to restore electricity quickly in these communities? After all, one community can help another, as people from the badly damaged communities can move to less damaged communities and get little-and yet essential tasks done-like the charging of cellular phones or the use of the Internet in a local Starbuck
I don’t know how many communities are out there with little damage; and whether, indeed, restoring electricity is as simple as turning a switch on. But I can speak for my own community, Plainview. I do believe that the damage this time around is far less than previous storm. Nevertheless, I’m still without electricity, and I have yet to see a LIPA crew in my neighborhood. Am I the only one?