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Con Ed restores power to those without damaged equipment; thousands in Howard Beach, Broad Channel remain without lights


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Two weeks after Sandy knocked out electricity to more than 100,000 Queens residents, Con Edison announced power was restored to all customers whose equipment was not damaged during the storm.

Several thousand residents in Howard Beach and Broad Channel will remain without power until their equipment is deemed safe, Con Ed said.

The last Sandy outages throughout the rest of the borough were finally restored last night, Con Ed said in a release.

“We want to restore customers as much as they want the electricity back, but we will not restore customers unless it is safe to do so,” said a Con Ed spokesperson.

There are several steps residents in those areas must follow before their lights can be turned back on, Con Ed said.

Residents’ equipment must be inspected, cleaned and repaired by a licensed contractor; the contractor must then complete a self-certification form and email (hurricanesandybrooklynqueens@coned.com) or fax (718-802-6349) the form to Con Ed.

Tens of thousands of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) customers in the Rockaways also remain without electricity.

Hundreds of Queens residents without power


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The heat wave baking Queens, has left more than 500 residents without electricity.

The power outages are scattered throughout the borough.

Last night, Con Edison announced they were beginning voltage reductions to more than a dozen neighborhoods throughout the borough due to electrical equipment problems.

Con Ed said the neighborhoods affected will have a 5 percent voltage reduction.

“A lot of customers don’t even notice voltage reductions that low,” a spokesperson said.

The reduction is occurring in Auburndale, Bayside, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, College Point, Douglaston, Floral Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Jamaica, Jamaica Hills, Laurelton, Middle Village, Murray Hill, Queensborough Hill, Queens Village, South Jamaica, Springfield Gardens, St. Albans and Whitestone.

“The idea is to prevent a larger scale problem,” the spokesperson said. “It takes pressure off the system while the issue is repaired.”

Jackson Heights has been hit the hardest by outages, with more than 400 people without power. Con Ed’s outage map stated the reason for the outage is a manhole problem.

The map says that the problem should be repaired by noon.

 

 

Queens communities facing brownouts


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Several Queens communities face a voltage reduction from Con Edison due to electrical equipment problems.

The 100 degree heat has many residents blasting air conditioners to stay cool.

Con Ed said the neighborhoods affected will have a 5 percent voltage reduction.  This was done in an effort to prevent a significant outage, a spokesperson from the company said.

There are about 20 individual  outages in Queens right now according to Con Edison’s outage map.

The reduction will occur in Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Floral Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Jamaica, Jamaica Hills, Laurelton, Middle Village, Queens Village, South Jamaica, Springfield Gardens and St. Albans.

Con Edison asked customers in these areas to conserve electricity and turn off nonessential electric equipment, such as TVs, computers, air conditioners, washers, dryers, and microwaves.

To report power outages or service problems visit www.conEd.com or call 800-75-CONED (6633). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.