Hurricane Sandy Updates Point Lookout NY

Covering the latest updates on Hurricane Sandy's impact on Point Lookout, NY

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March 24, 2013


Honorable Charles Schumer Visits Point Lookout Beach


Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday March 24, 2013 urged the federal government to get to work immediately on a Long Beach barrier island storm protection project that could otherwise be delayed by a long-term study up to two years.


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March 1, 2013 7:36PM


Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce working with FEMA Neighborhood Task Force




FEMA’s Neighborhood Task Force Initiative (NTFI) and the Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce are working together to identify the small business community’s needs, issues and obstacles to recovery, with regard to Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is working alongside state and local officials, and Chambers of Commerce to ensure that businesses have the information and resources needed for disaster assistance.


The Neighborhood Task Force Initiative Team (NTFI) is dedicated to working with the Point Lookout Business Community and is currently assessing the needs and responding to issues, questions and concerns of local businesses.


FEMA understands that the Point Lookout Chamber plays an important role as a liaison representing community based businesses in Point Lookout and looks forward to addressing disaster related issues and unmet needs of our members.


The following resources can provide more information on disaster assistance:


Individual Assistance: or via smartphone or table at

Disaster Recovery Centers: to locate a center closest to you.

Small Business Administration: to apply online or visit

National Flood Insurance Program:

Increased Cost Coverage (ICC):  1-800-427-4661 (TTY:  1-800-427-5593)

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP):

New York’s Disaster Recovery:


For more information and copy of FEMA’s Private Sector E-News update send an email to:


For more information:

Contact Richard Zampella
VP Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce


Updates November 14, 2012 10:36PM


Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Continues in Point Lookout, NY 11569




The Town of Hempstead has been doing a stellar job of removing refuge from the effects of Hurricane Sandy in Point Lookout, NY. Workers are seen loading trucks on Lido Blvd in front of JoJo Apples Cafe.


Updates November 9, 2012 8:29PM




Power Returns To Point Lookout, NY


On Friday afternoon power began to return for residents south of Lido Boulevard in Point Lookout, NY. Over the course of few hours, power was returned to the entire town.


Earlier today, residents congregated at the PL/Lido Firehouse for the noon briefing which indicated that power would be restored by 6PM.


If you have not returned to Point Lookout, you are instructed to fill out a request for inspection at the firehouse. Crews from National Grid are also restoring gas service. If any part of your mechanical systems were compromised by the tidal surge, you may need to have those systems evaluated by a heating/electrical professional before operating those systems.


Updates November 8, 2012 6:29PM


Residents Urged to Return to Point Lookout for Electrical Inspection


The Point Lookout Chamber spoke with Chas Thompson who is the commissioner of the Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department on Thursday November 8, 2012. He is urging residents to return to Point Lookout at their earliest convenience for home inspections in order to restore power. He also urged residents to attend daily briefings at the Point Lookout Firehouse each day at noon.


All residences and buildings in the Point Lookout and Lido Beach communities are required to have an electrical inspection completed before power will be resotered by LIPA. You may hire your own licensed electrician or take advantage of a partnership Nassau County has with a private contractor, Empire Electrical, free of charge.


Representatives will be visiting all locations door-to-door to conduct Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Surveys in preparation. To take advantage of the no-cost inspections, property owners must only sign a company liability waiver. You may download and print copies of the Survey and Liability waiver here:


- Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Survey

- No-cost Inspection Liability Waiver


Updates November 8, 2012 3:19PM


Point Lookout, NY 11569 not on the radar for LIPA?


Updates November 8, 2012 2:45PM


November 8, 2012




The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce appreciates the inquiries and comments that have been sent voicing your needs and concerns in the restoration of utilities in Point Lookout. We understand that many people are suffering throughout Nassau County, some have greater obstacles to overcome, some less.


In an attempt to systematically address the restoration of power, the Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce has requested a comprehensive plan from local and county government to inform residents of a process to restore utilities. As of today, it appears that the Point Lookout/Lido Fire Department serves as the only form of local government. Our requests for a 5K generator to be delivered  and a fuel distribution point be set up by the National Guard remains unanswered.


The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce spoke  with legislator Denise Ford on Thursday November 8, 2012 to discuss the situation in Point Lookout, NY. In that conversation, Denise Ford suggested that there has been a total breakdown in communication between the Town of Hempstead and Ed Magano, the County Executive.


At this point The Point Lookout/Lido Fire department serves the role of local government with meetings and updates daily at the firehouse.


We will continue advocating to the local and state government for more accountability in this situation and a speedy recovery of power.


Richard Zampella

VP & Communications Director

The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce


Updates November 7, 2012 4:49PM


More Controversy Caused by LIPA in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy



A controversy is erupting in relationship to restoring power throughout Nassau County which effects Point Lookout, NY. Over the past few days we have tendered many questions relating to the restoration of gas and electrical service in the community. The most common question is when service will be restored, followed by questions pertaining to the process to have utilities restored to homes and businesses. LIPA, whose power map has incorrectly indicated that Point Lookout has electricity restored all week, has determined that homes & business in their determined "flood zone" will require inspection before re-establishing gas & electricity service.Many Nassau residents have questions concerning power restoration in areas that have experienced flooding during Hurricane Sandy. Neighbors want to know whether LIPA, the county, towns or villages are responsible for executing a power restoration plan to homes and other buildings in those “flood zones.”


In essence, LIPA is placing the burden to restore service on the account holder. They require that you contact them and expect you to sit in the cold & dark until they can conduct their inspection.


Information for Point Lookout Residents Looking to Restore Gas & Electric Service


Many Nassau residents have questions concerning power restoration in areas that have experienced flooding during Hurricane Sandy. Neighbors want to know whether LIPA, the county, towns or villages are responsible for executing a power restoration plan to homes and other buildings in those “flood zones.”


What’s Happening/Who’s Affected?


As a necessary safety measure to protect homes from extremely serious dangers associated with electrical wiring which has become wet, LIPA has designated geographic areas where flooding was widespread during Hurricane Sandy. Homes and other structures within those areas are required to have electrical systems inspected before LIPA can safely restore power.

The properties affected by the inspection requirement are all structures south of Merrick Road and east of the Meadowbrook Parkway, as well as, all properties that are south of Atlantic Avenue and west of the Meadowbrook Parkway.


Some of the communities included in this area are:



Hewlett Neck


Baldwin Harbor


Point Lookout


Island Park


Barnum Island


South Valley Stream

East Rockaway

Lido Beach

Valley Stream


Long Beach


Hewlett Bay Park



Hewlett Harbor




Portions of the above communities that are north of Merrick Road that have experienced water intrusion into their electric facilities (or Atlantic Avenue, west of Freeport) are also subject to this requirement.


How Will My Electrical System Be Checked, Who Will Do the Work?


Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano took the pro-active step of partnering with Empire Electrical Inspectors of New York, a private contractor, to assist LIPA in restoring power to homes throughout the County. The contractor will inspect the electrical systems of all structures in areas where flooding was widespread. 


What If My Electrical System Is Okay?


If a building’s electrical system has not become wet, the private contractor will notify LIPA that electrical power can safely be restored.


What If My Electrical System Is Not Okay?


If an electrical system is determined to have become wet and the system cannot be re-energized safely, the homeowner will need to hire a licensed electrician to make necessary repairs. The electrician will them arrange for a private certified electrical inspector to perform an inspection and issue a certificate of inspection. The property owner would then supply a copy of the certificate to LIPA to have power restored.


The Good News: Inspections Are Free


The good news regarding the electrical inspections is that there is no cost to homeowners. Homeowners must only sign a company liability waiver to take advantage of the no-cost inspections.


When Will Inspections Occur?


Hundreds of people working under Empire Electrical Inspectors are going door-to-door now in communities in the areas described above and in other towns. Updated information on the time frame for the contractor to complete work in the town and the entire county will be forthcoming.


Do I Need Any Government Inspections?


Inspections of electrical systems are being performed by the private contractor. In the event repairs are required, no town inspections are required for direct replacement of electrical components. All repairs must be made by a licensed electrician. Homeowners will need to have a private certified electrical inspector examine repair work and provide an electrical inspection certificate before LIPA will restore power. 


Updates November 5, 2012 5:49PM


Letter from Legislator District 4 Denise Ford to The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce




Dear Zampella,


I share your frustration as I am a resident in the West End of Long Beach. I did visit Point Lookout this morning to meet with your firefighters and I am working with them to get a representative from LIPA down to hear their concerns and hopefully expedite restoring the power to your neighborhood.


I will keep in touch with them but please continue to keep in touch with me. It may take a while before I can answer you as I do not have internet service where I live.


I will take a copy of this email home with me as it has your telephone number. I wish I could have given you a better response but I know that the County Executive is coordinating efforts to help our small businesses that have been impacted by this hurricane. If you do not get a response from him let me know and I will reach out on your behalf.


Legislator Denise Ford


Reply From The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce to Denise Ford


Dear Ms Ford,


Thank you for your visit to Point Lookout this morning. As you can see the majority of businesses are prepared to reopen if they only had power. I was contacted by the office of Harvey Weisenberg this afternoon in Albany. In that conversation,  I requested that the governor's office instruct the National Guard deploy a 5K generator and a fuel distribution point in Point Lookout, NY. I have not received a response to my specific request.


Governor Cuomo has indicated that help is available to the towns devastated by Hurricane Sandy. There is nothing to indicate that local government is capable of responding to any requests at this time. I will continue to keep you updated of developments in the community as they occur.


The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce Website continues to  serve as a source of information for the residents of Point Lookout. Currently the Point Lookout/Lido Fire Department has no means to disseminate information so a close liaison between your office and The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce Website would be an effective method to inform residents.


I appreciate your reply to my letter and trust you will advocate the delivery of generation equipment and fuel distribution for the residents of Point Lookout, NY.




Richard Zampella

VP & Communications Director

The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce

Tel: 917-280-6483 • Email:


Updates November 5, 2012 5:49PM


From the Point Lookout Blog 11/05/12


I live in Merrick, but I often drove to Pt. Lookout for meals at Jo Jo Apple’s. I’m horror stricken that LIPA has neglected Pt. Lookout. The town must try & contact the news media to publicize LIPA & FEMA’s neglect of Pt. Lookout. Good Luck!


Updates November 5, 2012 3:24PM


Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg's Office Contacts The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce




In response to our letter to the Governor, Marie Crawley called from Harvey Weisenberg's office in Albany. We expressed Point Lookout's need for for a 5K generator and a fuel from the National Guard. We were told that FEMA will not allow generators to be distributed for private commerce even if it is in support of the community. When asked how the Governor intended to answer storm stricken communities specific needs, there was nothing to indicate the ability of local government to answer any requests at this time. Ms. Crowley informed us that she will provide a briefing to Assemblyman Weisenberg in reference to our letter and then call back with a specific response.


Note: LIPA Power Outage Map incorrectly indicates Point Lookout has power.


Updates November 5, 2012 12:09PM


The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce Submits Appeal Letter to Governor Cuomo




November 3, 2012


The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

NYS State Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224


Dear Governor Cuomo,


On behalf of over 60 small businesses represented by the Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce, we find the LIPA response regarding the restoration of power to Point Lookout, NY to be unacceptable. Our trust in this public utility has been violated.  Our business & residential community depends on this utility to function. Our community has been without power since October 29th and is immobilized as are other communities serviced by LIPA. Our residents have no heat, businesses are unable to serve our community or rebuild.  Various reports suggest that power will not be restored anytime soon and statements have been made that LIPA will try to get back power on next weekend, November 11th!   


County Executives and Governor Cuomo, I ask accountability of LIPA to put more action into getting Nassau County up and running. I also request that resources above and beyond getting power back that LIPA do something to help in the damage that has been caused by the amount of time the power has been off. If LIPA cannot serve its customers in a timely fashion then a substantive power generator should be sent to Point Lookout, NY and other Nassau County towns to restore our business districts and  communities. Each day without power makes it more difficult for the businesses to rebound after this unprecedented disaster.  It is your responsibility and obligation as an elected leader to respond to our business community and residents.


Your reply to this request in a manner other than an automated reply will determine how seriously you accept your responsibility as elected leaders. I invite all executives to visit our community of Point Lookout, NY to illustate that we are prepared to serve our community if LIPA would restore power. To our knowledge, no elected officials have visited. Our business community has been completely halted and our bayside businesses that have served our community for over 80 years have been destroyed. We have diligently attempted to restore our community with only limited resources. Our community shares the same barrier island as Long Beach, NY and would like to serve and help the re-building of our devastated next door neighbor, Long Beach, NY.  Thank you in advance for your response.




Richard Zampella

VP & Communications Director

The Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce

Tel: 917-280-6483 • Email:


PS, the LIPA outage map incorrectly shows that Point Lookout, NY has power!



Edward P. Mangano, County Executive

Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor

Denise Ford, County Legislator

Harvey Weisenberg, Assemblyman





Updates November 5, 2012 10:09AM


Point Lookout, NY still without power. LIPA power outage map at inaccurately reports only 4 power outages in Point Lookout.


Note: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is demanding accountability from all of New York State's utility companies and he is threatening their future rights to operate in NYS if they don't cooperate and speed up the process of restoring power to all customers.


Updates November 4, 2012 8:40PM


Supplies in Point Lookout

Source: Point Lookout Civic Association




Trucks sent by a not-for-profit reportedly is at 19 Glenwood now (~7:30pm Sunday) with various supplies, including water, Gatorade, clothes, diapers, dog food, etc....not sure how long it will be there, we had no early notification


Separate trucks in the East Marina are offering food each day from 1-4pm to those in Point Lookout and Lido.  Please come and take advantage of this resource.  Also, the trucks were largely left for volunteers, so any Point Lookouters staying in town or who venture in for the day and can help serve during those hours.


Updates November 4, 2012 6:13PM


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Updates November 4, 2012 3:49PM


POINT LOOKOUT NY -- November 4, 2012


liqstLIPA Service map indicates power has been restored to Point Lookout, NY, but as of 11/4/12 3:44PM indications are that power has not been restored. The NY State Police have set up check points below exit 9 on the Meadowbrook Parkway for access to Point Lookout. You must show identification indicating you reside in Point Lookout.


Daily briefings are being held at 12 noon providing information each day at the Point lookout Firehouse.



Residents on the bay side report experiencing more damage than elsewhere in Point Lookout. Skipperdee's reported about 1.5ft of water had entered their store on Lido Blvd.


Town of Hempstead Sanitation department is removing garbage and refuge on a daily basis. For health reasons, please let them know if you have placed perishable items for pick up. They will place priority on removing any items that create a public health issue.


Hot meals are being served at a feeding station set up at Nickerson Beach. Meal periods are 9am and 3pm.


If you were not in Point Lookout for the storm, National Grid has shut off gas service to your home as a preventative measure. Upon your return, you will need to make arrangements to evaluate your mechanical systems and restore service. If possible, your electrical breakers should be shut off until power is restored and your appliances should be evaluated for damage prior to restoring service.


For more information, you may contact the Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce at:


Updates November 4, 2012 3:43PM


On behalf of the Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce, we hope that you, your family and home and your business are well following Hurricane Sandy.


Please know that the Point Lookout Chamber of Chamber of Commerce is here to be your resource of information and advocate for business recovery, restoration, and re-opening and let us know how the Chamber can be of help.


If your business requires help with cleanup, the Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce is coordinating with members to help other members with business recovery. Submit all inquires and requests to



Updates November 2, 2012 4:16PM


Post Hurricane Sandy Images of Point Lookout NY

Courtesy of Making My Point




Updates November 2, 2012 3:49PM


The Story in Point Lookout During the Storm

as reported by Making My Point


Those who stayed said that power went out about 6PM. During the high tide, at about 8PM, the bay was rising up into town, foot by foot. It had backed up over most streets north of Lido Blvd, with Mineola and Lynbrook worst hit, but did make its way up past Lido Blvd towards Beech. Hewlett Ave going from Beech went from mostly dry to 6 inches, to about 12-15 inches above the street at Lido Blvd. It lasted for about 1-2 hours then receded. Sandcastle Café report that somehow they had no flooding. others were not so lucky.


As Reported on Making My Point


Updates November 2, 2012 3:00PM


Mangano Announces Food, Drink Distributions




FEMA’s Points of Distribution (PODs) are located throughout the north and south shores of Nassau County. Locations include:




Point Lookout: Point Lookout Lido Fire Department, 102 Lido Blvd., Point Lookout


>>Read Article


Updates November 2, 2012 2:49PM


Representatives of the Indiana Task Force 1 from FEMA are in Point Lookout, NY





Representatives of the Indiana Task Force 1 from FEMA went door to door to check on the safety of residents on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012, in Point Lookout, N.Y. Point Lookout was one of several communities that was affected by Superstorm Sandy. / Kathy Kmonicek / Associated Press


>>Read Article


Updates November 1, 2012


11:34 PM Update


Sandy-Damaged Long Beach, NY, Stranded By Agency Disorganization


In a parking lot in the nearby community of Point Lookout, about seven miles away at the tip of the peninsula, a reporter encountered a weary search-and-rescue FEMA team dispatched from Indiana. These rescue workers, all firemen, had worked long hours since they arrived two days ago to make sure no one was still trapped by the storm. But they weren’t equipped to distribute food or water aid. They had only a 1-800 number for people to call if they asked about aid.


Though many residents expressed frustration with authorities, some seemed to be coping better than others.


Standing outside the fire station in Point Lookout, Donna Walsh said she was getting by on peanut butter and Fluffernutter sandwiches. “I haven’t seen my landlord since before the storm, but otherwise it's not too bad,” she said.


Across the street, a worker hosing off the floor of the flooded Apples Café unleashed an expletive-laden tirade when asked how he was coping. “How the f--- does it look like things are going?” he yelled, waving around the hose. “Where the f--- are our government officials?”


>>Read complete article


Updates October 31, 2012


1:07 Update


Early Video Indicates Nominal Damage for Point Lookout Interior.




10:50AM Update


Hurricane Sandy Destroys East Coast Hometowns and Property of Notre Dame Student

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Updates October 30, 2012


10:37PM Update


Report states storm surge reached approximately 3 ft on the bay side. Early indication that Lido Blvd experienced only low level flooding.


9:55PM Update



POINT LOOKOUT, NY - OCTOBER 30: Ted Wondsel of Point Lookout (L), owner of Ted's Fishing Station, and a co-worker work on a sections of an old dock destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Point Lookout, New York. The storm has claimed at least 33 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the situation a "major disaster" for large areas of the U.S. east coast, including New York City, with widespread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


5:56PM Update


Tom Hug sets up generator and has power at Hug Real Estate Office.


1:30 PM Update:


jonestheaterChopper 12 above Jones Beach damage


12:52PM Update:


Eyewitness account indicates "ocean met the bay". Damage extensive on the barrier island. Anticipate images within the hour.


11:45AM Update:


Awaiting Reports from Point Lookout


01:37AM Update:


46.10/46.20 Chief 2500 on scene with a residential structure fire. Realert for manpower. Severe flooding in area. [NYK076]


Updates October 29, 2012


11:11PM Update:


Ed Mangano reports massive power outages on the south shore. Drinking water ban in Long Beach.


7:09PM Update:


Power lost in Long Beach. Long Beach Town Manager calls flooding, "Worse case scenerio" for the South Shore of Long Island.


4:47PM Update:


Early Reports of Beach burms compromised in Long Beach.


4:56PM Update:


Storm surge reaches National Blvd in Long Beach, NY. Total breech of storm surge into Long Beach.


2:47PM Update:


No report of Flooding in Long Beach at this time.


1:38PM Update:


Highest waves reported in recent history. Ed Mangano appeared in Long Beach on 1:42pm on ABC Eyewitness News and reported that two bridges are open. Roads passable. Low level flooding reported in Lido Beach. Conditions expected to become worse around 7PM. No public transportation.


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Point Lookout Coast October 29, 2012

Ted Wondsel of Point Lookout, owner of Ted's Fishing Station, assesses the damage on October 30, 2012 in Point Lookout, New York.

A boat sits on the dock at the East Marina in Point Lookout, New York

Hurricane Damage at Ted's Fishing Station

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