Brooklyn Blackout: 52,000 Power Outages Reported In Heat Wave

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A Brooklyn blackout left nearly 52,000 people in the dark Sunday night, which came one week after a massive New York City blackout in Manhattan. Sunday’s blackout came during a heat wave and followed public notices to reduce electrical usage.

The blackout is impacting residents in Flatlands, Mill Basin, Old Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, and Georgetown. Temperatures exceeded 90 degrees during the blackout on the third day of a heat wave.

Mayor Bill De Blasio said Con Edison took customers off of power to prevent a larger blackout. Three nursing home facilities were without power, and one of those was using a generator.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he was sending 200 state police troopers, 100 generators and 50 light towers to help.

Con Edison reported in a press release it was working to restore power to 33,000 residents.

“Con Edison crews are responding to approximately 33,000 outages in the southeast Brooklyn neighborhoods of Canarsie, Flatlands, Mill Basin, Old Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, and Georgetown due to continued heat and high usage,” the press release said. “The affected area is bounded by Kings Highway and Ditmas Avenue on the north; Belt Parkway and the Marine Parkway Bridge on the south; East 108th Street on the east; and Flatbush Avenue on the west. Company crews are working now to repair the problems. Con Edison advises customers in the affected areas to switch off or unplug electrical appliances to avoid potential damage to the appliances when power is restored.”

Reporter Cristian Benavides with PIX 11 News reported wrote the blackout “was done one purpose to report a larger blackout.”

He shared a video of Brooklyn residents reacting to his report the blackout was intentional.

“That’s crazy if that’s the case. So, what, we’re not important enough? We’re supposed to sit in the dark while you do what? Survey who is going to be protected? Who are they protecting? What about us?” a woman said on the video. “So you’re making us suffer? To preserve who? Who are they preserving? So why are we not important?”

Con Edison’s outage map reported there were more than 51,000 customers without power at 11 p.m.


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Nearly 52,000 Power Outages Reported In Brooklyn In Heat Wave

Mayor Bill De Blasio wrote on Twitter Con Edison intentionally took customers off power to prevent a larger blackout. Three nursing home facilities were also without power. One of those was using a generator.

He wrote, “Here’s where we stand: Con Ed is taking 30K customers in Brooklyn, including Carnarsie, Mill Basin and Flatbush, temporarily off power so it can make repairs and prevent a bigger outage.”

“I just spoke to Con Ed’s president about tonight’s outages. Their system in parts of Brooklyn is under severe strain and some equipment has failed,” De Blasio wrote on Twitter.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he was sending state police troopers, generators and light towers. He wrote on Twitter, “We’ve been through this situation w ConEd time & again & they should have been better prepared—period. I am deploying 200 State Police, 100 generators & 50 Light Towers to assist with the 30K+ power outages in BK
I encourage NYers to check on neighbors- esp the elderly- tonight”

About 52,000 power outages were reported Sunday night in Brooklyn during a heat wave, which came one week after a massive power outage in Manhattan. Con Edison issued a press release saying they were working to restore power in Canarsie, Flatlands, Mill Basin, Old Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, and Georgetown.

The press release said,

Con Edison crews are responding to approximately 33,000 outages in the southeast Brooklyn neighborhoods of Canarsie, Flatlands, Mill Basin, Old Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, and Georgetown due to continued heat and high usage.

The affected area is bounded by Kings Highway and Ditmas Avenue on the north; Belt Parkway and the Marine Parkway Bridge on the south; East 108th Street on the east; and Flatbush Avenue on the west.

Company crews are working now to repair the problems. Con Edison advises customers in the affected areas to switch off or unplug electrical appliances to avoid potential damage to the appliances when power is restored.

Con Edison regrets the service interruption to its customers and is working to restore service as quickly as possible.

Leave at least one light switch in the on position to alert you when power has been restored.

Customers can report outages and check service restoration status at http://www.conEd.com/reportoutage, or with our mobile app for iOS or Android devices, or by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When calling, customers should report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

Customers who report outages will receive updates with their estimated restoration times as they become available.

Customers can follow Con Edison on Twitter or like us on Facebook for general outage updates, safety tips and storm preparation information.

Customers should also avoid opening freezers to see if food is still frozen. Every time the freezer is opened, 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 equipment problems in the affected areas have no effect on the rest of the Con Edison system. Con Edison will provide updates to affected customers both directly and through the media as the situation warrants. The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

ConEd issued a notification Sunday to Flatbush, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Heights, Canarsie, Flatlands, Old Mill Basin, Bergen Beach and Georgetown in Brooklyn asking residents to limit their electrical usage at about 7:15 p.m.

They also put out a notification online and by email. It said, “Due to necessary electrical repairs, Con Edison is requesting customers in the area indicated on the corresponding e-mail, text message, or tweet to conserve energy. This includes reducing the usage of non-essential electronic devices and appliances, such as clothes washers, dryers, dishwashers, and unneeded lighting. For specific incident location and timing information, please visit NYC.gov/notifynyc or call 3-1-1 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY 212-504-4115).”

Con Edison wrote on Twitter crews were working to restore power to 33,000 residents in Canarsie, Flatlands, Mill Basin, Old Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, and Georgetown “due to continued heat and high usage.”


Brooklyn Blackout Photos, Videos & Tweets

Reporter Cristian Benavides with PIX 11 shared a video interview with a woman reacting to the news that ConEd power customers were intentionally taken offline.

“That’s crazy if that’s the case. So, what, we’re not important enough? We’re supposed to sit in the dark while you do what? Survey who is going to be protected? Who are they protecting? What about us?” a woman named Colleen said on the video. “So you’re making us suffer? To preserve who? Who are they preserving? So why are we not important?”

“We’re not safe. We are hot,” she said in a separate interview.

Others questioned why ConEd took customers off power in neighborhoods where many of the customers are people of color.

“ConEd intentionally created a blackout in predominantly black & brown neighborhoods so the rest of Brooklyn wouldn’t have a blackout,” one person wrote on Twitter.

“why are the parts of Brooklyn that are predominately minority in population in a blackout right now but Williamsburg/Bedford etc still have power?” another person wrote.

Benavides also shared a video during a drive down dark streets Sunday night.

Benavides also shared a power outage map of Canarsie.

Reporter Wale Aliyu NBC 4 wrote lights were coming back on “slowly but surely” at about 11 p.m. Earlier he wrote, ‘People telling me this #BlackOut in Brooklyn right now is in some ways worse than the one in Manhattan last weekend.”


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