Con Edison Media Relations
October 31, 2012
HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE
CON EDISON RESTORES POWER
TO LOWER MANHATTAN, BROOKLYN NETWORKS
NEW YORK – Con Edison restored power this afternoon to customers in two underground electrical networks that were taken out of service Monday night as the floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy were surging.
One network is in lower Manhattan and serves 2,000 customers. The customers are in an area roughly bounded by Vesey Street on the north; West Street on the west; Broadway and State Street on the east; and the southern tip of Manhattan to the south.
The second area is in the Brighton Beach area of Brooklyn and serves about 28,200 customers. The area includes these neighborhoods: Coney Island, Seagate, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Sheepshead Bay.
The utility noted that though it has restored power to the networks, some buildings may still be without electricity due to basement flooding or damage to local equipment.
Company crews continue to work to restore power to customers who are served by underground and overhead electrical equipment.
As of 8 p.m., Con Edison reported approximately 719,000 customers out of service. That included 227,000 in Manhattan, 113,000 in Queens, 74,000 in Brooklyn, 100,000 in Staten Island and 38,000 in the Bronx. In Westchester County, the company reported 168,000 customers out of service.
Con Edison also reminds customers to be extremely cautious before going into a flooded basement. Know whether there are electrified services or unsanitary conditions and wear high rubber boots. Also, know how deep the water is and probe it with a wooden stick, if necessary, to gauge the depth. Keep children out of basements where there is water.
Customers can report downed power lines, outages, and check service restoration status by computer or mobile device at www.conEd.com. They also can call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, it is helpful if customers have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power. Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available.
The company is advising its customers to pay close attention to reports from city and municipal officials. Con Edison will continue to provide updates through the media as the storm moves closer. Important information will be posted on the company's website, www.conEd.com.
For instructions on how to report an outage, click here: http://bcove.me/6sx1yox5
Con Edison offers the following safety tips:
- If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move or touch them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water.
- Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you're in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
- If you still have power, charge your cell phones, lap tops and other mobile devices, so that they'll work if you do lose power.
- If your power goes out, turn off all lights and appliances to prevent overloaded circuits when power is restored.
- Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios are working. Also, make sure you have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on power outages can be heard on most local radio and television stations.
- Avoid opening your freezer to see if food is still frozen. Every time you open the door, room-temperature air enters and speeds the thawing process. Most fully loaded freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 36 to 48 hours; half-full freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.
The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services and company personnel are working closely with city and municipal emergency officials.