Con Edison is making steady progress to restore power to customers who lost it as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Restorations in the south side occurred throughout the night as well as in areas of the north side. Power to 88% of the city, service was restored to 4,500 customers yesterday with 2,511 still awaiting restoration. Today restoration will be focused in specific areas within the Fleetwood Loop by 5 bucket trucks consisting of 4 restoration crews made up of 18 workers.
During the process of restoration some customers may experience momentary outages as circuits are killed in order to repair lines. There is no reason for alarm. It is a safety precaution as lines carry anywhere from 4,000 volts to 13,000 volts. Power is usually restored quickly.
Yesterday, while crews were busy performing restorations, they were pulled off the job to address what was reported as an emergency. This false report lost 2 valuable hours of restoration to residents without power. Residents are cautioned not to report false emergency situations in order boost a restoration in service.
Restoration in the Fleetwood Loop:
- West Devonia Avenue
- Hayward Avenue
- Collins Avenue
Con Edison Trouble Shooters will continue to survey neighborhoods to check circuits, change fuses, etc. Please use extreme caution when coming upon any downed wires. The safest thing to do is to TREAT EVERY WIRE AS LIVE.
UPDATE ON CENTRAL PARKWAY
We know residents are frustrated about restoration progress along Central Parkway and we’re doing everything possible to get Con Edison to dispatch crews to rebuild fallen power feeds. From the start we deemed Central Parkway priority and we still do.
With the forecast of a nor’easter coming on Wednesday evening into Thursday, we were told Con Edison has scheduled a tree crew to clear a 10 foot radius around standing trees to prevent the possibility of additional damage. We understand this does nothing to light or heat your homes now, but it will prevent further damage if weak trees fall.
We encourage people still without power to seek shelter in a location that has heat. Overnight temperatures are expected to fall to 30 degrees. Take every measure to stay warm.