At 29 October 2012 hurricane Sandy devastated portions of the Caribbean and the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. More specifically, in the United States among other severe problems caused by the hurricane, 8 million homes and businesses were without electricity, in their majority stated in New York and New Jersey.
About two weeks after its appearance there are about 150.000 consumers still without power, of which the 130.000 are in New York. In this population households or businesses that their damages do not allow them to be supplied with power are not included. The residents along with governments officials are frustrated because of the protracted lack of power and the absence of information about when it will come back. As SKY NEWS reports, last Saturday hundreds of residents gathered outside the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) office in Hicksville, New York, to complain about the slow response to the power cuts.
“We are sitting in a cold house. No one comes by,” said John Mangin of Levittown, New York.
“There should be criminal charges against the CEO and the executive board of LIPA for failure to do their jobs.”
LIPA chief operating officer Michael Hervey said he was aware that customers had not received the information they needed, partly because of an outdated information technology system which is in the process of being updated.
“I certainly feel the frustration of customers whose power remains out. Our hearts go out to them,” Mr Hervey said.
But he said workers were repairing the unprecedented storm damage as quickly as possible.