Three days after the Hurricane Irene blew through the bays, many Hampton Bays, Westhampton Beach and East Quogue residents and businesses are still without power and for those that have power, they are without Internet and phone service.
The Hampton Bays Library reports that while they are open, they have no phone or Internet service. The same is true at Hampton Bays Pet Supply.
A number of Hampton Bays Patch readers said via Facebook that they are eagerly awaiting power and reported on their outages.
Reva German said there is no power on Nassau Road in Hampton Bays; Larry Haines said there is no power on Neptune Ave; and Elizabeth Missy Capozzoli Vignieri said her home was among six without power on Lewis Road.
In East Quogue, Connie Graham Terry said power has not yet been turned back on on West End Avenue, but reported that she noticed the traffic light on Montauk Highway is now working.
Along Dune Road, residents that have spoken to Patch via e-mail have all reported that they too are still without power.
According to LIPA, 521 of their 7,061 Hampton Bays customers are still in the dark and 223 are without power in Westhampton Beach with 93 still out in East Quogue.
The electric company says it is working to get the power back on to some 253,000 customers.
In a release to the media, LIPA stated, "LIPA has deployed 2,300 restoration personnel across Long Island addressing service interruptions on a 24 hour basis."
"Flooded roads, uprooted trees, downed wires and utility poles continue to make restoration efforts challenging for restoration crews in over 3,000 damage locations across Long Island," said LIPA. "Crews from utilities as far away as Indiana, Tennessee, and Kansas are assisting LIPA with restoration efforts."
Southampton over LIPA's power restoration efforts, saying that it has moved far to slowly on the East End where the economy depends the summer tourist season.
Without power by Labor Day weekened, Throne-Holst said many businesses will suffer.
Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., Sag Harbor, on Tuesday followed Throne-Holst in also urging LIPA to increase the number of LIPA and
out-of-state contract service repairs crews dispatched to the East End.
"Local restaurants, shops, and business have already suffered massive losses from the power outages," said Thiele in a media statement. "Labor Day is the last profit generating period of the 2011 summer season. If power outages extend though the holiday weekend, the economic impacts could be devastating for many of our local businesses."
One business which is concerned is . The hotel is still without power and owners fear that without power, their motel customers will cancel their trips on one of the biggest weekends of the summer.
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