Blown Line Leaves Rockaway InThe Dark
A power line that blew just as the only other power line bringing electricity to the western end of the peninsula was down for maintenance caused a blackout that lasted for more than an hour late Monday afternoon.
A spokesperson for the Long Island Power Authority said that the outage, which lasted for more than 90 minutes in most areas of the peninsula, plunged more than 12,000 homes into darkness at about 4:30 p.m.
According to the spokesperson, the outage happened during a scheduled project that took out one of the two power lines that supply Rockaway.
The second line blew and customers west of Beach 80 Street were affected.
While the electricity to the area between Beach 80 Street and Beach 108 Street was restored in about 40 minutes, officials say, the remainder of the peninsula west of that street continued to be in the dark for another 50 minutes.
Police and fire units were deployed to all of the hospitals and nursing homes on the peninsula to insure that those in dire need of electrical power were being served.
Extra ambulances were also sent to Rockaway to cover any emergencies, but officials say that there were no cases of extremis or death caused by the blackout.