U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,192,311 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for the Rockville Centre Electrical after Superstorm Sandy.
“Superstorm Sandy wreaked significant damage throughout the Village of Rockville Centre, destroying more than 30 utility poles and damaging critical electrical wires,” said Schumer. “This federal reimbursement for Rockville Centre Electrical is critical in making sure that Long Islanders are not entirely on the hook for these expenses and I am pleased that this funding is being provided.”
Superstorm Sandy destroyed over 30 utility poles and disrupted the electrical distribution throughout Rockville Centre. A total of 108 major damage sites were reported by the village.
The utility had to construct, reconstruct or replace destroyed and damaged components of its electrical distribution system. Approximately 30,000 feet of damaged wire had to be replaced. Additionally, the utility had to install and upgrade transformers, replace cable village-wide, replace poles, and replace transformers on distribution circuits.
“On behalf of our residents, I am extremely grateful to Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand and our Congressional delegation for their efforts on behalf of our village,” Mayor Francis Murray said. “Like other communities on Long Island and the tri-state area, Superstorm Sandy caused a great deal of damage to our infrastructure and the costs for repairs were significant. This reimbursement by FEMA will prevent us from having to look to our residents and merchants to carry the burden.”