Long Beach declares snow emergency
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"Our Public Works Department is fully prepared for this weekend's storm," City Council President Scott Mandel said in a statement on Thursday. "Crews will be out salting, sanding, and plowing our streets. Vehicles must be removed from designated snow emergency routes. When shoveling snow and clearing the sidewalk, please do not throw snow into the middle of the street. Please remember to stock up on essential items in advance of the storm. Snow removal operations will continue around the clock to ensure the safety of our roads."
Mandel advised residents to check local weather reports and visit the city's website at www.longbeachny.org and its Facebook page for updates, snow removal routes, emergency phone numbers and other information.
Nassau and Suffolk counties are expected to activate their respective Emergency Operations Centers on Friday. The Long Island Power Authority, highly criticized for its response during Sandy, announced on Thursday that National Grid is taking advance steps to prepare LIPA’s system for the incoming blizzard.
The storm has the potential to cause electrical outages for more than 100,000 customers on Long Island, the agency said on its website. In anticipation of these outages, National Grid is taking numerous advance steps to prepare LIPA's system for the predicted weather and to position the company for "an efficient and timely restoration effort."
The effort includes securing hundreds of extra line crews, tree trimmers, and support personnel to support the more than 500 lineman and 150 tree trimmers on site and ready to restore power. Additional storm information will be available on LIPA’s web site at www.lipower.org/stormcenter.