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Well did two utility companies make an already bad storm worse that's nearly 120 homeowners and breezy point queens.
New York heart sank collectively -- the Long Island power authority and another -- illegal National -- for not capping energy or cutting it off more to the point.
From flowing to their homes and all but making them tinderbox as they say the utilities did not.
What managing electricity going those homes I had other during the storm leaving open circuits open power wires expose a flood water when you know the rest creating all of these fires.
-- -- breezy point homeowner Kieran Burke and his lawyer Keith Sullivan on what is now become.
An eighty million dollar lawsuit.
Karen do you first home destroyed.
We are you now.
My family and I looming and rental property up Yonkers, New York.
OK so you're -- was among the 120 some -- homes that burned to the ground.
The power companies say they had nothing to do with that's what happens in in hurricanes.
You argue they could have prevented it happen.
-- some electricity and water don't mix historically and -- had -- taken a proactive approach.
And for the public trust and public safety in the forefront of the game plan and shut the -- that's why what was thought.
Once that final -- that have been destroyed but it would have been destroyed -- actually no because.
I was in the home before the water came up and I was in the home before the -- hit it in the -- had gone out.
And all the homes not general vicinity.
-- still fully in fact.
They were heavily damaged by the flood yes there was damage in my home specifically what had come and gone -- two hour window and edited out the basement so I would have.
Clearly in eight months been able to rebuild my home.
I was there on during the fire as it progressed and the homes in that area evidenced by the perimeter of that area.
You can tell that those homes are still standing so obvious.
Lived under the severe fire by Trent so it's not like me talking about electricity actually know what to talk about while I know a little bit about the -- -- -- bloody EST here.
Is it procedure and that's it you've got to get to the bottom is a procedure that ahead of a major storm they cut the power just in case.
Homes are exposed to water those buyers would be.
Expose of the water and it could be a disaster.
Sure and and that's we're gonna prove in court is that the industry standard in this circumstance like this we have a neighborhood that's going to be infiltrated by rising seawater.
To the system -- there's some -- -- that -- that the severity of the storm wasn't appreciated that there was no way of knowing that the waters would rise to the -- they did -- -- homes like parents would have been.
-- For once Neil and I say this mocking -- towards -- the news and people that the weather people.
They got it right for once they got it right this was spot on warnings were out there are warning now there.
Neighborhoods of breezy point and -- -- beach were under a mandatory evacuation area no but I say it not since this hurts when you're -- -- They're mining shares were hurricanes are on route and they don't cut the power for whatever reason.
Industry standard protocols to do so when you have -- of the magnitude that we accept -- surges.
These home -- have risen so -- that companies a comeback -- say no that is not a procedure and not one that we would have utilized here and even if we did.
We certainly could not have appreciated the degree to which the surge happened.
You say the appreciation of the group to of the degree was there they were forewarned about it.
They should've had a plan procedure in place that didn't have one.
Industry standard experts.
Investigators indicated you.
Of distribution of that electricity.
The only option for you to take is the most safest and they failed to do after the breezy point Iraq -- beach residents they've created a war zone down there these homes -- home.
What kind of flooded basement maybe maybe a little bit war on the first war when he -- have a barbecue on his deck this weekend.
What the other homes that were not burned down -- I mean in and around the area and that there were many that we're not.
Was that because power was cut to the homes did you ever ascertain that.
No actually resist manner -- -- -- -- is a draw.
The northeasterly wind the wind direction of the wind kind of dictated the direction of the fine.
But another is no one's power was cut along the whole area now I was -- -- present in the community in two different spots and I -- wasn't caught.
Please see how the -- companies come -- it's AC luck of the draw.
It's it's so -- state.
-- some homeowners on their own shut down -- allies in the house and evacuated others didn't we've been able to pinpoint the precise house location and time.
If we -- these fires started.
So absolutely started by the -- -- he's gonna have some role in the answer are now.
FEMA has tried to help these homeowners out as best they can femur is very limited but it's Steve it's telling you were carrying your case are -- -- on your -- Wolf I mean in my particular case early on they helped us out with hotels and things of that nature -- -- -- -- an unqualified friends I've made.
And essentially losing your home that they basically told us you know what you just said.
That -- -- his hotel for a certain period of time and not -- thirty at night on Friday one night and I January I was told a phone call.
That myself -- pregnant wife and my two year old new final place to stay the next morning.
I tried to articulate a situation but did manner that is articulated this site I wouldn't didn't not quite so articulating I tried to be polite because -- -- -- other on the phone clearly wasn't making these decisions blood.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- baby Matthew Patrick was born on April 11.
Mom and nom mom baby is doing my own little Brothers -- well the but boy what a story to tell them when they grow up so.
What are you gonna do now.
Well or intention is to rebuild and you know we're trying to negotiate the -- -- the permitting and all the other things ago whether.
The unfortunate thing is that in the case of the homes -- would destroyed by the fire those pilots would have been needed in that -- -- happen.
You don't need a permit for reshape Iraqi war to -- and the bottom line is the negligence of this utility.
Company is Spotify.
Not only the homes the physical structures but the lives in the memories my -- was a fourth generation.
It's spot but you know I'm -- a utility to sort on some government right because they're public quite a public institutions so you face the same pressure all these.
Conservative groups have trying to go after the IRS it's the government you're effectively tried to -- -- -- not not really here because life has an arrangement with National Grid which is a private company.
Life is a public authority.
That's -- -- -- out of the government industry.
But they pass and I want to achieve their lawyers are going to use that public authority part to say they're shielded and when they do on the show the documentation that -- the -- the electricity responsibility over to national movement which is a private company.
We have opportunities -- -- -- -- -- on the phone with them and not be so articulate about it aren't showing any competence of these condition of these two companies.
They have sent Kieran and dozens of other homeowners thousands of my clients utility bills I think -- utility bills before you don't exist I was so I was sent bills are thousand dollars -- not only -- we.
Just love their negligence not only burn them down but it -- and and and do we saw incinerated their own -- So in April I received the -- between the gas and electric for about 17100 dollars for an estimated meter reading.
And when I called utility of the operator who had no idea there was no red flag -- system of these homes didn't exist in the two -- were burned down.
I asked the woman Mike you know how can you do an estimated meter reading if there's no media.
And she had no answer -- my concern and now it's a founded concern and thankfully not myself.
But some of the other neighbors are experiencing -- collection agencies now.
Because this robot likely -- -- damages your credit report from knowing -- actually an out of my my my point is how we gonna rebuild a damaged credit if you destroy my house the first place because your robotic we're sending out bills for me is that don't exist just shows their instinct insensitivity as well -- and aptitude.
Laura what we look forward do either or both -- -- coming on we've given their point of view and what they're arguing and that's but you're always welcome to come on but gentlemen thank you very much less --
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