2012-03-09 / Top Stories

Errant Backhoe Knocks Out RBB Power


Supervisors for CAC Construction and LIPA argue over who was responsible for the accident. Supervisors for CAC Construction and LIPA argue over who was responsible for the accident. A backhoe operator, digging a ditch for water connections on Rockaway Beach Boulevard in front of The Wave Building at Beach 88 Street, ripped up a three-phase electrical conduit, knocking out all of the power to buildings between Beach 88 and Beach 91 Street. The power went out at approximately 11:05 a.m. on Thursday, just as The Wave was getting ready to go to press.

LIPA crews responded, and there was an argument over whether CAC Construction, the firm that was doing the job for the city’s Department of Construction and Design or National Grid, the firm that marked the streets for the construction firm, was responsible. Power was restored about and hour and twenty minutes later, at 12:25 p.m.



A backhoe from CAC Construction inadvertently ripped up a threephase electrical conduit, killing power to a two-block area on Thursday morning. A backhoe from CAC Construction inadvertently ripped up a threephase electrical conduit, killing power to a two-block area on Thursday morning.

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