A manhole malfunction Monday night left hundreds of Boro Park residents without power in sweltering summer heat. The lack of air conditioning forced many to leave their homes, spending the night with relatives or wherever they could.
According to Con Edison, up to 400 homes were affected, mainly along 47th Street between 16th and 18th avenues. Power had been restored to most residences by Tuesday afternoon, but several blocks still remained in the heat.
State Sen. Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Dov Hikind were on scene, working with Con Ed to expedite power restoration.
The manhole explosion occurred at 16th Avenue and 47th street.
The Boro Park outage is part of a string of power failures across the city, with an estimated 20,000 homes and businesses being affected. Energy providers said the failures are due to heavy air-conditioner usage over recent days that have been marked by exceptionally high temperatures and humidity.