Return Of Electricity Sparks Fire Concerns

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When power returned unexpectedly to huge swaths of the neighborhood yesterday, it brought fires with it as electricity surged into broken power lines and flooded homes.

In the video above, Sheepshead Bites reader Marina captured a tree on East 21st Street between Avenue Y and Avenue Z that burst into flames when a broken power line draped across it came alive.

In Manhattan Beach, much of it still under inches of water and with homes flooded, the return of power led to what one described as an “underground explosion.” Police were reportedly telling people to leave their homes and blocked off sections as fire crews responded across the area.

Homes in Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay lit up, and sparks flew from home power lines and caused basement fires.

If your power has not yet been restored, make sure to manually shut off power to your home using your circuit breaker. If your circuit breaker was soaked from the floods, you should have an electrician evaluate it before turning it back on. If you do it yourself, use rubber gloves and rubber soled shoes, and only turn individual sections of your home so you don’t overload your system.

According to the Con Edison outage map, thousands in the area are still without power. While the map does not currently show estimated restoration times, you can get that by using the tool here.

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  5. Flatbush Depot on

    Meh. It would be difficult to circulate the alert anyway since people need power to use the web. The only other way is to get WiFi from somewhere (would have to be some venue outside the powerless zone) or get word-of-mouth from someone outside the zone. I should be able to remember to do this and other things in these situations anyway

  6. Flatbush Depot on

    Mr. Berke, can you or another writer create a list of provisions that residences should make anytime such things happen? Or maybe just a “manual power shutoff alert” that you would post each time Con Ed cuts off power or each time there is a disaster that might motivate Con Ed to cut off power?

    Unless of course there is some place on the web that clearly lists these provisions.

  7. Flatbush Depot on

    Is Con Ed supposed to make provisions to avoid such potential catastrophes? I guess now I know that if an outage occurs I should shut off all power to my place using my circuit breaker

  8. Can anyone tell me what is going on at 2800 Coyle St., a condo building off Emmons? No one’s phone there is working, so I cannot ascertain what is happening with the flooded garage, the lack of electricity or the flooded lobby and entire first floor. Please help if you know.