Lower East Side and East Village residents have begun receiving robocalls from Con Edison late this afternoon, in which a recorded voice says that electricity will be restored to our area by 11 p.m. Saturday night.
As of 11 a.m. today, 650,000 Con Ed customers were still in the dark after the unprecented damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. From a Con Ed public statement a little while ago:
Customers served by underground networks in Mid- to Lower Manhattan who lost power during the storm will have service by this Saturday.
Crews restoring service in those underground areas have pumped massive amounts of water out of the facilities. They must also clean all components of the seawater from the equipment. Equipment must be dried, repaired or replaced, and inspected before it can be safely put back into service.