2008-06-13 / Front Page

No Power For An Hour

By Nicholas Briano

The entire Rockaway peninsula and Nassau County's Five Towns were left without power for nearly one hour on Wednesday afternoon when a Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) electrical failure caused the electricity to shut down.

A train was hauled to a stop at the Beach 67 Street platform in Arverne. Fire Department personnel arrive on the scene to help the passengers off the train safely. A train was hauled to a stop at the Beach 67 Street platform in Arverne. Fire Department personnel arrive on the scene to help the passengers off the train safely. A LIPA spokesperson said on Wednesday afternoon that the outage was due to a transmission failure in a major substation in Valley Stream. Residents lost their power at 1:18 p.m.

"The outage was throughout the entire Rockaway peninsula and Five Towns," LIPA spokesperson Mark Gross said. "It affected around 50,000 to 60,000 customers."

All power was restored by 2:10 p.m., according to LIPA.

Gross added that the cause of the transmission failure is still being investigated, but LIPA doesn't anticipate any similar problems in the near future.

Police reported that the Redfern Housing projects did not have power restored until nearly 3:00 p.m. LIPA, however, was not able to confirm that information, saying their records show all power was restored at 2:10 p.m.

NotifyNYC, Mayor Bloomberg's emergency notification pilot program, sent out emails at 1:35 p.m. about the blackout, 17 minutes after the peninsula lost power.

The email read:

"There is a large power outage impacting the Rockaway Peninsula. Agencies and emergency personnel are responding. Further information will be provided as it is available."

People who signed up for the pilot program, most likely got that message after their power was restored, considering computers and internet services with modems run primarily on electricity.

Representatives from New York City's Office of Emergency Management arrived in Rockaway to aid the police of the 100 Precinct at Beach 94 Street. Representatives from New York City's Office of Emergency Management arrived in Rockaway to aid the police of the 100 Precinct at Beach 94 Street.

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