volunteers and are diverting traffic near the Hill Street/Jobs Lane/Windmill Lane intersection due to a fallen power line that is lying in the Culver Street and Pond Lane intersection.
Southampton Fire Chief Rodney "Chip" Pierson said they are waiting for Long Island Power Authority personnel to arrive and shut off the power. This is the sixth burning or arcing power line the fire department has responded to Thursday, the first call coming at 3:30 a.m., Pierson said.
The chief said that the power line failures are due to an overnight storm.
Earlier Thursday evening, at the Southampton Village Board meeting, former village Trustee Paul Robinson praised the village for its response to the storm, explaining that when he was woken at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of a chainsaw, he was happy to discover it was a village worker clearing fallen trees so the roads would be open for the morning commute.
The most recent power line fire was discovered around 9 p.m. LIPA is reporting a few outages in the ares, with power restoration expected by 1:30 a.m.
Witnesses reported that a transformer exploded, but Pierson said firefighters did not find a transformer fire, only a burning wire.