Over fifteen families from Breezy Point, Queens, whose homes were destroyed by fire during Superstorm Sandy are seeking at least $1 million in damages from the Long Island Power Authority (“LIPA”), a state-operated agency that provides electricity in the Long Island region. The claimants are accusing LIPA of negligence as a result of failure to shut off the power in the area during the storm. According to the notices of claim filed on behalf of the families, there was flooding along the Rockaway Peninsula from the storm back on October 29th which touched electrical systems and resulted in short circuits that sparked the fires. There are an estimated 120 homes total that were destroyed in the Superstorm Sandy due to fire.
Probably most damaging to LIPA’s case is that claimants noted that other local utility companies, including Con Edison, who cut off power to areas that were expected to flood to avoid such a short circuit and resulting disastrous fires.
The home values of the claimants range from $500,000 to $900,000, not including their personal property and contents of the home. They are also a mix of primary residences and vacation homes.
Due to the number of homes destroyed in the region due to the fire, several more families and claims are expected to join in the lawsuit in the coming months.
These lawsuits join the hundreds, if not thousands, of lawsuits leftover in the wake of Superstorm Sandy which caught much of the northeast and the rest of the country by surprise with its impact back in October 2012.
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