One week after Manhattan’s upper west side fell to a massive blackout, on Sunday night areas of Brooklyn with an estimated 52,000 residents were left in the dark. This follows three straight days of 90+ degrees. The blackout appears to impact the neighborhoods of Flatbush, Flatlands, Mill Basin, Old Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, and Georgetown.
Mayor Bill De Blasio tweeted that Con Edison was taking customers off the power grid to prevent a major blackout:
“I just spoke to Con Ed’s president about tonight’s outages. Their system in parts of Brooklyn is under severe strain and some equipment has failed…Con Ed is taking 30K customers in Brooklyn, including Carnarsie, Mill Basin and Flatbush, temporarily off power so it can make repairs and prevent a bigger outage.”
Con Ed on Sunday issued this statement:
“Con Edison crews are responding to approximately 33,000 outages in the southeast Brooklyn neighborhoods of Canarsie, Flatlands, Mill Basin, Old Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, and Georgetown due to continued heat and high usage,” the press release said. “The affected area is bounded by Kings Highway and Ditmas Avenue on the north; Belt Parkway and the Marine Parkway Bridge on the south; East 108th Street on the east; and Flatbush Avenue on the west. Company crews are working now to repair the problems. Con Edison advises customers in the affected areas to switch off or unplug electrical appliances to avoid potential damage to the appliances when power is restored.”