Over 900,000 were left without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, including 226,000 people living in Manhattan. Since the super storm, Consolidated Edison has been working day and night to get operations back up and running and today the company announced plans to restore power to a small part of lower Manhattan. If all goes according to plan, the tiny area at the tip of the island will have power for the first time in five days. ConEd also says that it is planning to turn the lights back on for the rest of Manhattan by Saturday.
ConEd has received support from crews from around the country in order to get things back up and running and, according to ConEd spokesperson Alfonso Quiroz, power to the southeastern tip of Manhattan – all areas south of Frankfort street – should be restored tonight. According to Sara Banda, another spokesperson for ConEd, all of Manhattan’s underground power networks should be back online by Saturday, restoring electricity to a vast majority of people. But the company cautions that at least 100 buildings will remain without power because of local equipment damage and basement flooding.
So far, ConEd has restored power to about 320,000 customers, but much work remains to be done. According to the company, “crews still face thousands of wires down in New York City and Westchester County, where more than 500 roads are closed. Trees also block access to wires and equipment throughout the system and hundreds of vaults are still flooded.” According to ConEd, other boroughs should expect to see power restored sometime this weekend. The storm is being called the largest Atlantic storm on record, raising concerns about the likelihood of future storm activity in conjunction with climate change.
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