2001-07-05 / Top Stories

We’re Among First Hit By Blackout In Heat Wave

By Charles Rogers
We’re Among First Hit By Blackout In Heat Wave By Charles Rogers

By Charles Rogers

Canarsiens and East New Yorkers thought they had become one of the first casualties of a summer energy crunch when the area was hit with a blackout on the evening of Wednesday, June 27th that lasted into the next morning. However, Con Edison said the power outage, which resulted in the loss of electricity to about 10,000 homes during the period from 6:20 p.m. to 2 a.m., had nothing to do with lack of power but was caused by a series of feeder cable problems.

"The outage started as a result of a feeder problem in the Livonia substation," said Con Ed spokesman Chris Olert. "It affected some areas from the Queens border west, including Spring Creek, some parts of Rockaway Parkway and even some sections down to Flatlands 4th Street. It generally went in a straight line down from Ridgewood," he added, noting the feeders work like circuit-breakers.

Olert said power was restored to all but about 3,500 homes within an hour and 1,300 more by shortly after midnight. Power eventually returned completely by 2 a.m.

Canarsie residents and those from neighboring communities said power was diminished during the period and that they had "a lot of trouble getting comfortable" because of the unusually hot weather in the middle of the week.

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