Update On Roosevelt Island Power Outage Today - Con Ed Restored Electricity To Buildings But Return To Full Normal Power May Take Until Sunday Says RIOC President
Image Of Con Ed Workers Restoring Power To Roosevelt Island
An update to today's Roosevelt Island power outage at Westview, Manhattan Park, Octagon, Motorgate Garage and Gristedes. Residents have reported power returning to their buildings but Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato told me that those who have had power restored may still experience periodic outages and that full restoration of electricity to Roosevelt Island may not happen until Sunday. Here's the latest advisory from RIOC received at 5:54 PM
Please be advised Con Edison is responding to a power outage that has affected Westview, and every building north of this location. Only use necessary electricity to avoid overloading the system and to prevent additional power loss to the island. Please also keep flushing toilets to a minimum. Backup generators have arrived and will provide supplemental power until normal service is restored. There is also a street light outage on the west side from 501 Main street to 645 Main street. Emergency Generator Light Towers will be erected in the area until power to the street lights is fully restored.
Con Ed has set up a Customer Information Command Unit located at the Plaza of 591 Main street (outside of the RIOC offices). In case of an emergency, please call Public Safety at 212- 832-4545 or dial 911.
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
OEM, FDNY And RIOC Personnel Conferring On Roosevelt Island Power Outage
A Con Ed Press Spokesperson explained the cause of today's power outage. Apparently, last night 3 Con Ed Feeder Cables to Roosevelt Island were out of service for maintenance. This morning there was a fire on the Queensboro Bridge knocking out 2 additional Roosevelt Island feeder cables which, when combined with the 3 feeder cables out for maintenance, caused the loss of power for the northern portion of Roosevelt Island. The one remaining feeder cable was able to provide power south of Westview.
More on today's Roosevelt Island power outage from earlier today.
UPDATE 9:10 PM - According to Con Ed, the electricity feeder cables for Manhattan Park and Octagon have been repaired so normal electricity service is now resumed. Westview and some Main Street lights are on a generator. The feeder cables serving Westview and the Main Street lights will be repaired within the next 36 hours.
UPDATE 5/25 3 PM - According to Con Ed, the electricity feeder cables for Westview, some Main Street Lights as well as Island House and Coler Goldwater Hospital are still being repaired. These buildings are currently being powered by backup generators. As of now it is not known how soon the feeder cables for these buildings will be repaired. As soon as they are fixed, the backup generators will be turned off resulting in loss of power in these buildings for approximately 45 minutes and then power will be restored from the repaired feeder cables.
UPDATE 5/26 - The NYC Office of Emergency Management tweets:
Roosevelt Island residents can resume normal electricity usage following a repair of the electrical network.
— NYC OEM - Notify NYC (@NotifyNYC) May 26, 2013