Clearing up Sandy’s confusion
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“On Long Island, postal emergency teams are in action with all contingency plans, like sending extra trucks to certain areas to get the mail delivered,” said Connie Chirichello, a spokeswoman for the USPS. “Damage continues to be assessed on a daily — hourly basis.”
Chirichello said that the Island Park post office was reopened on Nov. 3. If residents have any questions about mail, they can call (800) 275-8777.
Where can I do laundry?
If you can’t use the machine of a friend or family member, there are nearby laundromats that are open.
Tub & Tumble Inc., at 1755 Peninsula Blvd. in Hewlett, is open 24 hours a day. The owners say it’s best to come at night, when things are a little quieter. The phone number is (516) 295-5831.
A little closer to home is Bubbles Laundromat, at 310 Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre. It opens at 7 a.m., and the last wash is at 6 p.m. (516) 255-5100.
Is the water safe?
With the scare caused by the contaminated water in Long Beach and the malfunction of the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, many residents are concerned about the quality of water in Oceanside and Island Park.
Officials say that the water in both communities is safe to use. However, a conserve-water order is still in effect. That means that residents should not leave faucets running, water their lawns or take long showers. Use water only when it is necessary.
Where are the police?
Some residents in blacked-out areas were concerned that they had not seen many police officers. But the Nassau County Police Department assures us that they are still here, and responding to calls. The NCPD is also being assisted by the National Guard and troopers from the State Police.
There are unmarked cars patrolling some of the hardest-hit areas, keeping an eye out for looters.
If residents have an emergency, they should still call 911. For non-emergency questions, they can call the 4th Precinct at (516) 573-6400.
What’s going to happen to all the boats?
Sandy swept away many boats, some of which were still tied to their docks. They are among the largest and most cumbersome debris that needs to be removed.