Con Edison asks Harlem to conserve power

February 5, 2014 5:15:27 PM PST
Con Edison is asking customers in Harlem to refrain from using non-essential electrical appliances Wednesday evening. There are problems on electrical cables supplying power to a portion of the neighborhood.

The affected area is bounded by West 153rd Street on the north, West 131st Street on the south, Riverside Drive on the west, and Broadway on the east. The area includes about 7,000 customers.

The problems on the cables are caused by road salt and melting snow and ice getting into the underground electrical delivery system. Conservation by customers will help take pressure off the remaining cables in the area until Con Edison is able to make repairs to those that are damaged.

The cable problems in this area have no effect on the rest of the Con Edison system.

Con Edison is asking customers in the area to avoid using non-essential appliances, such as clothes washers, dryers, dishwashers and unneeded lighting.