With power still out, ConEd is shooting for Nov. 11 restoration
By Riverdale Press Staff
Power is not likely to come back to the people of Riverdale and Kingsbridge anytime soon.
In Riverdale, Van Cortlandt Village, Kingsbridge and Kingsbridge Heights, 3,416 customers are still without power as of 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the ConEdison outage map, down from 4,408 yesterday. Boroughwide, 38,000 people still did not have power Thursday night, according to Community Board 8.
ConEd expects to restore “the vast majority” of those who lost power by Saturday, Nov. 10 or Sunday, Nov. 11.
“The remaining customer restorations could take an additional week or more,” reads a press release, announced on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
CB 8 Chair Bob Fanuzzi said ConEd would prioritize restoring power to hospitals, polling places and schools, followed by areas with high concentrations of outages. He could not say exactly what that would mean for the area.
“We’re on the queue, that’s all I know,” he said.
In areas served by overhead electrical distribution equipment, which includes Riverdale and Kingsbridge, crews have been working to restore 100,000 downed wires.
Alternate side parking has been suspended on Friday, but parking meters have been reinstated.
Access to the Henry Hudson Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, RFK Triborough Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel and Ed Koch-Queensboro bridges are limited to vehicles with three or more people only in the Manhattan-bound direction between 6 a.m. and midnight on Friday, Nov. 2nd.
Commercial taxies, emergency and para-transit vehicles, buses and livery cabs are exempt.
Tap water is safe to drink, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Partial subway service resumed on Thursday morning but lack of electricity in downtown Manhattan will limit No. 1 train stops between West 242nd and West 42nd streets. The No. 4 train is running from Woodlawn to Grand Central Station. Bus and subway rides are free through Friday, Nov. 2.
Parks are still closed. Garbage, but not recycling, is now being collected.