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Utility Workers Still Fixing Power Lines in Bellmore

Contracted utility vehicles were seen on Merrick Road fixing power lines in the early evening, while power is almost fully restored to the area.

Power to all but 17 Bellmore residents has been restored as of 9 p.m. this evening. LIPA crews and Hempstead Town Highway workers have been seen working around the clock since Saturday's big storm. Hundreds of Bellmore residents were left without power for several days.

Louis DiGiovanni of St. Mark's Avenue said crews were at his house until 9 p.m. last night clearing away the over 50-foot tree that fell onto his house Saturday afternoon. 

Hempstead Town said it was ensuring coordination between the utility company and the township to focus on ensuring that all power lines are de-energized while trees entangled in cables are removed. Supervisor Kate Murray has been in direct contact with Kevin Law, president and CEO of LIPA, collaborating to address electric and tree removal issues quickly and effectively.

 An 8 p.m. update on LIPA's Web site states: "As a result of this past weekend's severe weather event, 263,000 customers lost power. Approximately 97 percent or 255,000 customers have now been restored. All of Suffolk County and Nassau County north of the Long Island Expressway have been returned to normal operating status. More than 2,200 linemen and 1,000 support personnel continue to work around the clock to complete restoration efforts. It is expected that all remaining storm related outages will be restored throughout tonight and into tomorrow. Thank you for your patience."

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