Residents on a street in Holtsville are growing increasingly concerned with power lines that are laying in the road, entwinted around branches, but are still live and serving power to homes three days after they fell.
The lines, located on Hopes Avenue, just south of the Long Island Expressway service road, were pulled to the ground on Monday, during the height of Hurricane Sandy, according to Judy Chan, who lives on the street. Chan said fire department volunteers strung yellow tape around the wires, and warned neighbors about the danger, but days have passed since the incident was reported to LIPA.
"What if it rains?" Chan said. "It's gonna sparkle on the street, and the tree branches are laying in the wires."
While Patch was visiting the site, a neighbor stated that the wires are still powering his home. He also said he made calls to LIPA but hasn't seen a crew in the area.
Attempts to reach LIPA officials were unsuccessful. In the meantime, residents near the wire put out road cones and crafted a cardboard sign that reads "Live Wire. Do Not Cross. Big Risk."
"I was already having a heart attack the other day because I saw kids trick-or-treating," said Chan, who was told by LIPA that it could take anywhere from 7 to 14 days to resolve. "If you have little kids or stray cats they're going to get electrocuted."