Blackout: Company Forced to Cut Power to 30,000 Brooklyn Customers During Heatwave

Miguel Moreno
By Miguel Moreno
July 22, 2019New York

It was a hot weekend, to say the least.

The heatwave left New York City engulfed in stifling humidity of more than 90 degrees fahrenheit on July 21. And to add fuel to the flame, the Con Edison energy company cut power to around 30,000 Brooklyn homes and businesses, leaving them without electricity throughout the night.

Unlike the Manhattan blackout on July 14, this one was intentional. And as of 7 p.m. on July 22, more than 8,000 customers are still without power.

Con Edison told NTD News that they shut down the power because the equipment was baking under the heat—heat amplified by a record-high demand for electricity.

“The equipment in that area of Brooklyn was under great stress from three days of intense heat,” Allen Drury, the company’s spokesperson, said. “We already had customers out of service.

“If we had not taken the action we did, then those customers would have been out longer … potentially.”

Mayor and Governor Respond

He said that they updated elected officials before the decision was made, but Mayor Bill de Blasio was not happy.

“I am extremely disappointed with Con Ed,” de Blasio said at a press conference, according to ABC 7. “They have been giving us consistently inconsistent information over the last few days.”

The mayor also said that he no longer trusts the power company and took it a step further: “It’s very clear there needs to be a full investigation into what happened.”

Drury told NTD that the company would comply with the investigation.

Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Twitter on the evening of July 21 that he would deploy “200 State Police, 100 generators & 50 Light Towers” to assist with the power outages.

Throughout today, Con Ed has been returning power to homes in Brooklyn.

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