Officials demand policy reforms as hundreds in Brooklyn deal with lingering Isaias outages

It’s been a week since Isaias tore through the region, and hundreds of homes in Brooklyn remain without power.

News 12 Staff

Aug 11, 2020, 9:11 PM

Updated 1,384 days ago

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It’s been a week since Isaias tore through the region, and hundreds of homes in Brooklyn remain without power. 
Downed trees continue to block sidewalks, and residents tell News 12 it is impacting their daily routines. 
State and city officials gathered at one of the impacted locations on 12th Avenue in Dyker Heights. They are demanding for infrastructural changes and policy reforms when it comes to storm damage in the borough. 
Officials say that in Dyker Heights alone, there were 700 calls to 311 of storm damage after Isaias hit the area and downed nearly 200 trees. 
Although power is restored to a section of Dyker Heights, officials are calling on Con Edison and the city to do a cost analysis on putting lines underground and to loosen regulations on homeowners pruning trees. 
“This could have been prevented. The massive outages across the outer boroughs could have been prevented,” said New York state Sen. Andrew Gounardes. 
“How many times do we have to go through the storm before we realize that storms are going to continue to come and get increasingly more destructive if we don’t do something that’s different,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. 
Con Edison tells News 12 it would cost millions of dollars per mile for underground power lined to be put in and would increase utility bills.


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