|The Great Queens Blackout Continues; No Relief in Sight|
|Verena Dobnik (email@example.com)|
Sat, 22 Jul 2006 23:58:47 -0500
By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press Writer|
The damage to a utility's underground network in the borough of Queens
"It'll be done when it's done," Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters
Consolidated Edison CEO Kevin Burke apologized to customers for the
"It was really a very extraordinary event, something that I've never
The problem began with failures on a series of feeder cables, circuits
The cables are designed to compensate for failures; if one goes down,
To hasten the restoration of power to as many 18,000 customers, or
Severe thunderstorms Friday hindered repair efforts and knocked out
Con Ed crews "are going manhole to manhole, pulling up every line,"
Power has been out for many residents and businesses since Monday.
Some residents found their own solutions. One barber set up a
"It's very dark and you can't really see inside," said Hair Fantasy
On Friday, Con Edison revealed the failure was 10 times larger than it
The utility's acknowledgment that more customers were affected drew a
"Con Edison's behavior has crossed the line from reprehensible to
Meanwhile, emergency service employees reached out to the most
The Red Cross had distributed 20,000 bottles of water and 15,000 meals.
Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.
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