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New York Utility Sued by Residents of Hamlet Gutted in Sandy (1)

July 02, 2013

New York’s Long Island Power Authority and National Grid Plc (NG/), which operates the utility’s electricity network, were sued by residents of Breezy Point, a Queens neighborhood devastated by fire in Superstorm Sandy.

More than 100 homes were destroyed in Breezy Point, a beachfront hamlet at the western tip of the Rockaways Peninsula, after Sandy made landfall on Oct. 29, bringing 85 mile-per-hour (137 kilometer-per-hour) winds and record-setting floods to New York and New Jersey.

Residents sued LIPA and London-based National Grid in New York State Supreme Court in Queens today. The residents accuse the companies of failing to de-energize power lines in Breezy Point that the residents say sparked the fires when they came into contact with floodwaters.

Mark Gross, a spokesman for the Long Island Power Authority, didn’t immediately return a voice-mail message seeking comment on the lawsuit. National Grid didn’t immediately respond to a message left with media relations in New York.

The case is Heeran v. Long Island Power Authority, 705558/2013, New York State Supreme Court, Queens County.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Dolmetsch in New York State Supreme Court at 8969 or cdolmetsch@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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