National Grid steps in as Long Islanders brace for the storm and prepare for outages

Posted at 6:35 PM, Feb 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-08 19:24:43-05

ISLIP (PIX11) — In the hours leading up to the blizzard that is pounding the tri-state area, Long Island communities were scrambling activating their Emergency Operations Centers, which is essentially each community’s  war room to identify issues as they develop.

At the Islip EOC in Suffolk County, personnel already had an eyes on the radar and ears to the phone, taking calls from residents concerned with the pounding that was approaching.

Long Island Power Authority was concerned as well.  LIPA took a historic backseat to National Grid prior this storm relinquishing control of the region.

Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci weighed in on the historic move by the two utility giants inside of Islip’s EOC, “National Grid has been a tremendous partner throughout Sandy that we’ve seen in this transition period. I have nothing but high hopes that this relationship will actually help all the residents of Long Island and particularly our township.”

What is challenging the infrastructure of Coastal Communities on the South Shore like Islip as well as those on the North Shore like Oyster Bay is the potential for this storm to also be a water event, “We can handle the snowfall amounts.  The coastal flooding is concerning to us, after the effects of Hurricane Sandy,” said Croci.

While gas was an an issue in parts of the area, most of the gas stations that PIX 11 News passed had no wait times and plenty of gas.  One operator at the Gulf station off the LIE on Hauppauge said that everyone filled up the night before.