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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mangano updates county in aftermath of Sandy
Alex Costello/Herald
County Executive Edward Mangano, center, along with representatives from every county department and FEMA, addressed the public earlier today from the county's Office of Emergency Management in Bethpage.

This afternoon, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano held a pres conference to update residents on the state of the county.

Speaking from within the Office of Emergency Management in Bethpage, Mangano urged residents to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary and, if they were located in one of the hardest-hit flood zones, to still evacuate and stay with a friend or family member.

“We ask you not to be on the roadways unless you really need to be,” Mangano said. “We have over 100 traffic intersections that are not operating. So it’s very dangerous to be out there.”

In a press release, LIPA wrote that its restoration crews are “out in force” and are working 24 hours a day to assess and repair the damage done by the storm, which left nearly 1 million people on Long Island without power.

“While much of our restoration plan at this early stage involves assessing damage, crews will also be restoring power today and every day until all power is restored,” the release read. “It is critically important that we make sure hospitals, other critical facilities, and emergency services are up and running.”

There was no word on when power would be restored.

Mangano said that residents who cannot go to the home of a friend or family member should take advantage of one of the county’s public shelters. The county currently has nine shelters open: Nassau Community College, West Hempstead High School, Levittown Memorial, Locust Valley High School, Manhasset High School, SUNY Old Westbury, Farmingdale High School, Glen Cove High School and Great Neck High School. It will also be opening shelters later today at Westbury High School, North Shore High School and New Hyde Park High School.

“There’s plenty of room if you want to shelter in one of our public shelters, but we recommend that as a last resort,” Mangano said.

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