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Part of Lower Manhattan Could Have Power by Friday

By Mary Johnson on November 1, 2012 8:19pm 

 Areas of Manhattan south of 39th Street has been left in the dark since Hurricane Sandy hit New York City on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
Areas of Manhattan south of 39th Street has been left in the dark since Hurricane Sandy hit New York City on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
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LOWER MANHATTAN — Part of Lower Manhattan will have its power restored on Friday, Con Edison officials announced.

Buildings below the Brooklyn Bridge between Broadway and the East River will get their power back on Friday — but only if their electrical equipment has not been seriously damaged by flooding from Hurricane Sandy, which caused massive power outages throughout New York City, said John Miksad, Con Ed’s senior vice president of electric operations. 

“We are isolating those customers from the grid until they repair their damaged equipment. Then we will proceed with a reconnection,” Miksad said of the buildings that suffered flooding that affected their utility equipment.

The rest of Manhattan south of 39th Street should have electricity restored by Saturday night, Miksad added.

And customers served by overhead wires — those in the outer boroughs — could have to wait until Nov. 10 or 11 before their power is restored, he said.

As of Thursday night, Miksad said 220,000 customers in Manhattan remained without power. In the outer boroughs, more than 246,000 were still in the dark.

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