Power overcharges at storm-damaged home - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Superstorm Sandy

Power overcharges at storm-damaged home

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Jessica and Mike Becak of Merrick, Long Island, have dealt with a hectic few months. They're staying in an extra bedroom at a relative's home with a 20-month-old and a newborn in tow. Their brand-new dream home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Here's the thing: the house is still in ruin but the power was restored after 10 days. Since then, LIPA has sent the Becaks two bills totaling more than $500 even though the lights have been off. 

Mike learned how to read his meter on the LIPA website, he came out here just before Christmas, did the math and realized that LIPA was overcharging them by 100 percent.

The Becaks say they tried to call LIPA two or three times in late December, but had trouble getting through.

We called LIPA this afternoon and were able to reach someone in about 11 minutes.

The authority said it actually did a meter reading on the Bekaks' home last week.

"...the customer will be rebilled to their actual use rather than estimated reads, which will accurately reflect their energy use," LIPA said in a statement.

The Becaks were thrilled by LIPA's response. That money could be used to help rebuild their lives after the storm.

  • Long Island NewsLong Island NewsMore>>

  • Hope's Land of Candy

    Hope's Land of Candy

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:26:26 GMT
    Step through the doors of Hope's Land of Candy in Island Park, Long Island and you''ll be taking a trip back in time. There's no WIFI but they do have a player piano, Victrola, and then there the candy, lot and lots of it.
    Step through the doors of Hope's Land of Candy in Island Park, Long Island and you''ll be taking a trip back in time. There's no WIFI but they do have a player piano, Victrola, and then there the candy, lot and lots of it.
  • Reminder: Speed cameras in LI school zones

    Reminder: Speed cameras in LI school zones

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:45:37 GMT
    Reminder for drivers: as kids head back to school in Nassau County so too, will the speed cameras in school zones.
    Reminder for drivers: as kids head back to school in Nassau County so too, will the speed cameras in school zones.
  • Celebrity chef Todd English charged with DWI in NY

    Celebrity chef Todd English charged with DWI in NY

    Sunday, August 31 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:17:03 GMT
    Celebrity chef Todd English has been arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated in New York.
    Celebrity chef Todd English has been arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated in New York.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices