New York News
LIPA facing lawsuit over storm readiness in Rockaways
NEW YORK -- Seventeen families whose homes in the Breezy Point area of the Rockaways burned down during Superstorm Sandy are preparing to sue the Long Island Power Authority over their losses.
The families say LIPA should have known to cut power before Sandy struck on Oct. 29. They say their homes burned when water from the storm surge hit live electrical wires.
The families are seeking $1 million in damages each. The notices of claim were filed Friday and Monday by the law firm of Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath and Cannavo.
New York law requires that notices of claim be served on public authorities before filing lawsuits.
A LIPA spokesman said the utility had no comment.
Consolidated Edison supplies power to most of New York City but LIPA serves the Rockaways.
Get Eyewitness News Delivered
new york city, superstorm sandy, new york news
- Woman dead, 2 sisters critical in Brooklyn fire 5 min ago
- AccuWeather: Warmer stretch arrives
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- iWitness Photos and Videos
- Bronx fire leaves brothers dead, 3 firefighters hurt
- Photos: Deadly fire in the Bronx
- Mink coat thieves caught on camera at NYC boutique
- Target data breach leaves customers angry, frustrated
- MTA launches new apps for LIRR, Metro-North riders 58 min ago
- New York Army cadet accused of emailing child porn
- 4 injured, including child in Bronx fire
- City Council passes plastic foam, e-cigarette bills
- Bus accident on Route 3 in Clifton
- Photos: Injuries reported in Clifton, NJ bus accident