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Thousands in Farmingdale Still in the Dark

But community appears to have been spared the worst of the storm, readers report. Some neighborhoods are getting power back gradually.

On Wednesday morning, a significant portion Farmingdale's residents, many cold and uncomfortable, woke up in the dark, without power and modern communications, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

But many are saying, through social media and instant messages from their phones, that Farmingdale appears to have been spared the worst of the hurricane's fury.

Here's a sampling:

  • "Sullivan Avenue - no power!"
  • "Woodward Pkwy & Willard; no power."
  • "Hemlock drive; no power."
  • "Harrison Place; no power"
  • Brook Path. No power and tree service hasn't come yet."

The list goes on: Birch Circle, Weiden Street, Prospect Street, East Drive: No power.

Farmingdale Patch readers were responding to a Facebook request for the status of their street and their homes.

Many are trying to cope under very difficult circumstances.

"We have house damage, shingles lost, siding gone and lost a fence," wrote Donna Olsen. "No power as well. We're all safe and sound; that's what's important."

"This is getting old quick," wrote MaryEllen Dunne Zizzo. "Had to clean out fridge yesterday and today three freezers full of food will be thrown away."

But many readers reported that power was gradually coming back, particularly along the Route 109 corridor and elsewhere. South Farmingdale appeared to be recovering quickly.

"Yes, we definately seem to be much better than most (communities,)" wrote Stephanie Golob. "We are functioning to a point. Being without power certainly is horrible but compared to what's going on (across Long Island) we are good over here."

LIPA reports that it has multiple crews "assessing" the power outages in Farmingdale where they say 1,269 of its 3,000 Farmingdale Village customers remain without power as of Wednesday afternoon. South Farmingdale was clearly in better shape, where about 500 of its 5,000 LIPA customers were still in the dark, according to LIPA's map.

None of those "assessments" on their interactive map provide a time estimate for the restoration of power yet.

LIPA has said it could take them 7-10 days to fully restore power to Long Island. This afternoon, LIPA said there were 400,000 customers without power in Nassau County alone.

Many local stores are operating, some through the use of generators. There are long lines at Dunkin' Donuts around town. Most area supermarkets, drug stores and convenience stores appear open. Roads are generally clear, but some have non-functioning traffic lights and downed stop signs.

There are gas stations open, particularly along Hempstead Turnpike. Often, motorists will encounter lines at gas stations.

Farmingdale's volunteer fire departments having been running around the clock on hundreds of runs since the storm hit Monday night.

For those of you with power, please pass the word along. Farmingdale Patch will continue to update this story and attempt to answer your questions. Find a way to reach out to us, and we'll tell your story.

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Elliott November 01, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Nelson Street gets to see the light at 7pm on wednesday
Ben Rappaport November 01, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Some stores and restaurants have power along route 110 but in east farmingdale particularly by SUNY Farmingdale the neighborhoods don't have power due to a tree leaning on power lines and a busted transponder. If LIPA sent one truck to replace the transponder and put up the down but not broken wires along that same road and some guy with a chainsaw to clear the tree we would be in business.
Joe Dowd (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 09:09 AM
Farmingdale readers: Can you give me an update on your street and neighborhood. Do you have power? Did power return overnight or recently. Are you still in the dark? Have you seen a LIPA crew, and where? Stay safe. jd
Knox November 01, 2012 at 10:20 AM
No power on Merokee Place
Knox November 01, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Also noticed that someone moved the rt.109 road block at roslyn savings....the leaning pole is being held up by the wires!!....it was flapping around all during the storm...not a safe situation right now!
Golf26 November 01, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Still no power by Northside School and we have not seen, nor heard anything. LIPAs text and online reporting systems seem useless. Last I checked there were power poles snapped in half with their tops dangling above sidewalks on Melville Rd. guess they didn't "assess" that yet. Granted things could be a lot worse and we are grateful to have our home with bo damage, but the novelty of this has worn off and patience is wearing very thin this morning.
Melissa A November 01, 2012 at 12:41 PM
No power on parts of Greenway, Dolphin and Valpage. Haven't seen any LIPA crews around here.
Dale from Farmingdale November 01, 2012 at 07:17 PM
No power (and COLD!) on Van Cott!
Dale from Farmingdale November 01, 2012 at 07:19 PM
My son's friend on Anita Place just got power restored on Wed.
Dale from Farmingdale November 01, 2012 at 08:28 PM
OMG: What do we do now? My next-door neighbor was TOLD BY LIPA that power to our street was "already restored yesterday" and that we (Van Cott) are "off the grid now"! But it's NOT TRUE! If LIPA thinks we're fine, we have NO CHANCE of being repaired! HELP!!!!! NO ONE on our street (directly across from Howitt/School District bldg.) has ANY POWER!
B.Brewer November 01, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Block Terrace just got power back!
Golf26 November 01, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Can you call LIPA directly to see what they say (whether you have been restored or not)? They will probably just give you the standard response of "you are part of a local area outage. Crews will be dispatched as soon as possible." I guess that is the only think you can do.
Sybil S November 01, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I was walking down Merritt's yesterday. Lambert and Meritts at the Capitol One building huge trees snapped and took lines and pole with it.
Fdale Newbee November 02, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Rumor has it that Village and LIPA are not in agreement over the order of what needs to happen first wire removal or tree removal and they are not scheduled to meet on this topic until Monday???? Does anyone know if there is any truth to this rumor?
Robnoxious November 02, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Thomas Powell, Tulane, Jerome Drive - no power.
Shari Bardash-Eivers November 02, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Walnut ave e was one of the last areas restored after Irene. We have no power now and LIPA has no information for us. Why do I get the feeling we will be last again? why can PSE&G restore power to 950,000 customers but LIPA can't?
Geraldine McKiernan November 02, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Secatogue Avenue down the street from the LIRR train station has no power. No LIPA trucks anywhere to be found. The Valero gas station ran a generator to allow cars to pump gas. Power went out Monday 6:30pm as of Friday, no power!
Dale from Farmingdale November 02, 2012 at 07:10 PM
There are no actual people at the LIPA Emergency numbers; all you get is an option to either touch-tone or speak your account number, ID number of phone number to report your address as being out of power. NO WAY for me to explain the discrepancy issue we discovered. I found out the reason my neighbor called was because HOWITT Middle School got power back yesterday and we didn't...we live directly across the street. I'm thinking LIPA thinks all of Van Cott was visited/restored...I'm very upset about this.
Dale from Farmingdale November 02, 2012 at 07:13 PM
And don't forget, folks, we LOSE our last hour of daylight this weekend when we turn the clocks back (the battery-operated ones that is, LOL). Lousy timing! Funny that usually the "fall back" one is the "good" one...for the extra hour of sleep we gain. Not this time!
Lillian James November 03, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Lillian James from Farmingdale Crescent Drive and all surrounding blocks are getting cold. Trying to count my blessings; but its becoming difficult. We were the last to be restored from irene. Lipa please hear our voice. Come by we are all very nice.
Jennifer Kaden November 03, 2012 at 05:46 PM
124 Midwood still no power along with my whole block. Have not seen a LIPA crew.
TheOffice November 03, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Status Update By Brian Froelich for Congress Everyone, My office will be open until 7:00 pm to the public as a charging station. Come in get warm and charge any electronics. We are located at: 2202 Rt. 9 South Howell, NJ 07731 Right next to Season's Fired Bistro. Below are some shelters and centers open to the public. Monmouth University 400 Cedar Bridge West Long Branch, NJ (732) 571-3400 Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center 4240 Atlantic Ave Farmingdale, NJ (732) 938-5061 Pine Belt Arena 1245 Old Freehold Rd Toms River, NJ (732) 818-8536 The Gymnasium (Open to Belmar Residents) 601 Main Street Belmar, NJ 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Walmart Duracell Charging Stations 3575 NJ 66 Neptune Township, NJ 07753 Starbucks in Lakewood is accepting donations of non-perishables. To further help in these efforts, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross, or text RECOVERY to 52000 to donate $10 to the United Way.
Peggy Cuccio November 06, 2012 at 04:44 PM
West Oak St....NO PWER STILL,,,
Dale from Farmingdale November 06, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Thanx for the offer, but with a gas shortage, why on earth would Long Islanders drive to NJ? And "far" NJ at that?
Robnoxious November 06, 2012 at 08:07 PM
... he has an office in Farmingdale ... NJ
Dale from Farmingdale November 07, 2012 at 03:40 PM
hahaha...I see. How did THAT error happen? Patch should not have even posted it.

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