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More than 2,600 Brooklyn households are still without power

July 23, 2019 Jeffery Harrell
Con Edison employees work to restore power. Photo courtesy of Con Edison/Facebook

The lights are almost back on in Brooklyn.

Con Edison is reporting that just over 2,600 customers in Brooklyn are still without power.

The recovery from Sunday’s outages was slowed by thunderstorms and flash flooding Monday night, which Con Edison reports caused roughly 13,000 additional outages.

The outages are mostly contained to Flatbush, Canarsie, Flatlands, Mill Basin, and Marine Park, where more than half of the customers without power are located.

However, hundreds of customers are also waiting for the power to be turned on in Crown Heights, Park Slope, Borough Hall and Williamsburg.

Con Edison estimates “the vast majority” of Brooklynites will have power again by 7 p.m. tonight.

The outages began Sunday night after Con Ed preemptively shut off power to 33,000 Brooklynites, blaming record energy consumption at the tail end of the heat wave.

The outages hit southeast Brooklyn the hardest, prompting Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to question the city’s relationship with the privately owned energy supplier.

“It begs the question of whether a private company should continue to provide a service if they are not accountable to the public,” the mayor said in a press conference.

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