Power problems fixed in Brooklyn

July 20, 2008 8:34:44 PM PDT
Earlier power problems in Brooklyn were repaired on Sunday night, and the conservation order was lifted. Close to 90,000 customers in the Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Borough Park and Park Slope sections were earlier asked to stop using all non-essential electrical appliances, including air conditioning.

Con Ed said it had reduced voltage in the area by 8 percent while repairs were made. Spokesman Chris Olert said failed electrical lines were repaired. At the highest, close to 2,000 customers had been without power.

Free dry ice was being given out to residents who were trying to save the items in their refridgerators.

"I turned off all of my equipment like the tv, the stove, everything," said one resident.

At one point about 2,000 customers around the area of 41st street were without electricity. There appeared to be cables that were burned out.

Firefighters had to rescue one person in a stuck elevator.

By 9:00, Con Ed reported that nearly all affected customers in Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Borough Park, and Park Slope had their power restored. Less than 15 customers remained without power. Con Edison also suspended its earlier request for customers in these four Brooklyn neighborhoods to reduce their electricity use.

If customers have additional questions or want to report power interruptions or service problems can do so online at www.conEd.com, or by calling Con Edison's toll-free customer service number 1-800-75-CON ED (1-800-752-6633).

When reporting an outage, Con Ed asks that customers have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson