East New York

Power restored at 46 buildings in East New York housing complex

Nearly 15,000 without power, one found dead

July 30, 2018 Associated Press
Spring Creek Towers. AP photo
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Power has been restored at New York City housing development where nearly four dozen buildings lost electricity service for a few hours.

The Fire Department of New York says crews were sent to Spring Creek Towers, formerly Starrett City, in Brooklyn’s East New York section around 5 a.m. Sunday after all 46 buildings lost power.

WCBS-TV reports a 57-year-old old woman who was on a respirator when the power went out was found dead. Officials tell the station that the machine didn’t rely on building power because it ran on its own batteries, and she may have died before the power outage.

Power was restored around 10 a.m. Several people had to be rescued from stalled elevators.

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There are nearly 6,000 apartments and about 15,000 residents in the housing complex, which has its own independent power plant outside the management of ConEdison.

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