Con Edison crews working around the clock to restore power in storm's aftermath

Con Edison says even more customers should have power restored Friday as crews continue to work around the clock in the wake of Isaias.

News 12 Staff

Aug 7, 2020, 10:35 AM

Updated 1,388 days ago

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Con Edison says even more customers should have power restored Friday as crews continue to work around the clock in the wake of Isaias.
An neighborhood in Eastchester is still waiting for crews to clear the way and restore power. A Con Ed crew member on site told News 12 that all the wires in the area are still live. They have other personnel in site to ensure that residents do not try to touch them and get hurt.
Tuesday's storm left in its wake uprooted trees, with some that fell onto residential homes, and utility poles with dangerous, tangled wires on the streets.
Con Edison says it still has a significant amount of repairs to accomplish, despite restoring power to more than half of the 300,000-plus customers.
MORE: Con Ed Power Outage Reporting: Website of call  1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633)
"So another 15 to 20,000 homes will get their power back today based on the estimates we've gotten from Con Ed," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says. "I want to see that number greatly intensified. Telling people by the end of Sunday is not a good answer. We need to see that speed up."
According to the utility's website, about 14,000 customers are waiting for power in the boroughs and it says they can expect it to be restored by at least Sunday.
Customers who had power restored say it's been an expensive couple of days having to buy take-out and look for affordable generators.
Con Ed officials say the reason repairs are taking longer than expected is because some of the infrastructure needs to be completely rebuilt.
"In many cases, we are rebuilding the infrastructure, literally replacing poles and wires and transformers. So most of these are not repair jobs, these are rebuild jobs and they are very labor intensive and time intensive," says Con Edison President Tim Cawley.
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