2002-01-26 / Front Page

Breaker Cuts Rockaway’s Electricity

By Howard Schwach

Breaker Cuts Rockaway's Electricity
By Howard Schwach

An errant breaker at a Rockaway substation blew at about 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, cutting electrical power to the western half of the Rockaway peninsula.

"The breaker at the substation went and we lost supply to everything west of Beach 62 Street," Michael Lowndes, a public relations specialist with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) told The Wave. "It was a temporary break, however, one that effected about 13,500 customers."

Lowndes says that LIPA service personnel located and fixed the problem promptly.

"Ninety percent of those customers were back on line within fifteen minutes," he says. "The remainder were back in less than 47 minutes. Nobody was out longer than that."

The blackout caused the police department to call a Level I mobilization on the peninsula, bringing the NYPD's Queens South Task Force, as well as extra fire apparatus and ambulance crews to the peninsula to stand by in case of emergencies.

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