The trail of devastation left by HurricaneÂ Sandy has been long and trying for those still overcoming setbacks.
Residents in Hicksville,Â Long Island, took to the street on Saturday protesting the Long Island PowerÂ Authority (LIPA)Â at its headquarters for ongoing power outages 12 days after the stormÂ hit the area — the second protest against the energy provider thisÂ weekend.
There are still over a quarter million NewÂ York customers without power. As of Friday more than 170,000 of those customersÂ were on Long Island, many of them staying in temporary shelters.
More than 500 angry LIPA customersÂ inÂ Oceanside staged a similar protest at a LIPA news conference onÂ Friday sayingÂ the energy provider was giving them the run-around andÂ they wanted to know why, CBSÂ reported.
Electric utilities have taken heat for beingÂ slow to restore power throughoutÂ the region. For a large number of thoseÂ without power, no electricityÂ means no heat, hot water or hot meals.