The City of Long Beach has lifted its curfew three weeks after Superstorm Sandy flooded the barrier island, knocking out critical infrastructure in its wake.
The move comes shortly after the city had eased the 6 p.m. curfew to 9 p.m. Officials said in a statement that a beefed-up police presence will continue and a state of emergency is still in effect in the city. The city lifted its mandatory evacuation order last week.
Long Beach is only partially repopulated after sewer and water service was restored. Many homes and businesses require repairs before power can be restored.
A Disaster Medical Assistance Team, a federally staffed temporary hospital dubbed DMAT, was set up at the Rec Baseball Field while repairs continue at Long Beach Medical Center.
Diesel Long Island Rail Road trains are replacing electric trains on the Long Beach Branch after flooding knocked out the substations that power the third rail on that line.