Sunday, August 28, 2011
Con Ed 'optimistic' no Lower Manhattan shutdown
NEW YORK — A spokeswoman says Con Edison is "cautiously optimistic" that it won' t have to turn off power to about 17,000 people at the southern tip of Manhattan. The area encompasses the nation's financial capital, ground zero and the luxury high-rise apartments of Battery Park City.
The utility had considered a shutdown to protect its underground equipment if Tropical Storm Irene pushed seawater over a flood wall and swamped the area. But flooding there has been minimal.
Spokeswoman Sara Banda says "the situation is looking better and better" in lower Manhattan, but Con Ed is still watching conditions there. She says the utility's focus is shifting to other areas, where overhead power lines have been damaged.
About 95,000 Con Ed customers are without power in the city and suburbs.