LI help for Irma pours in amid struggle to get supplies to Florida – New York News

Food and supplies by the tons — donated for victims of Gulf Coast hurricanes Harvey and Irma — sit in Suffolk warehouses with delivery set for later this week to storm-ravaged Georgia, Louisiana and Texas, but a less certain date for Florida, a food bank official said.


The donations — including water and canned foods — quickly filled the warehouses, one of which is 20,000-square-feet, said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and chief executive of Island Harvest, a food bank based in Hauppauge.

“It’s jammed packed in here,” she said Tuesday.

The donations are the latest effort by Long Islanders — residents, relatives of victims, and private and public energy companies among others — to assist those in Florida hit hard by Irma as well as victims in the Gulf Coast states still drying out after Harvey’s historic floods.

Crews from PSEG Long Island, National Grid and the Plainview-based Haugland Energy Group have each sent work crews to Florida to assist with restoring power to millions. National Grid said the utility sent 300 workers to assist crews from Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric.

“With nearly six million Floridians without power this…

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