Hurricane Sandy has done significant
damage throughout Long Island.
The Village of Bellerose had 11 trees
down, 4 of which were into houses and the most severe hardship has been 8 days
without power. The power problems were on feeder lines to our East and service
was restored to us on Monday evening.
There may be further outages because of line work and after storm
conditions. Hopefully not.
Since the storm started, I have
personally visited every block numerous times and communicated with many
residents to advise them of conditions, etc. Information coming from LIPA was
constantly changing and non- specific. As
you know there was no television, phones or internet, but we did try to
communicate a Facebook network through the JWCB and the BVFD.
Flyer preparation and distribution
was not possible during this time. Even
if it were possible, we had no reliable information to impart, so I had to rely
on being out there, talking to the residents I saw, and asking them to pass
information on to neighbors.
The Village office was open, and we
handled many inquiries and gave as much information as we had to all who chose
to call. I kept Village Hall open from
9AM to 8PM for any resident needing to use the facility.
I hope we are past the worst, and can
focus on the cleanup, but that will take time.
There are many others on Long Island
and in the City that are still undergoing terrible hardships. By comparison, we in Bellerose Village can
give thanks that we weren't similarly affected.
Henry J. Schreiber, Mayor