Lights On for the Lower East Side

The power is on along Delancey Street.

The power is back for much of the Lower East Side, as of a few minutes ago. We’re getting reports of streetlights along Delancey and many apartments with electricity humming. Con Edison says the area bounded by Canal Street on the south, Broadway on the west, the East River on the east and 14th Street on the north is all on the grid.

Sandy Aftermath: Friday Morning Update

The National Guard delivered FEMA supplies to Grand Street near the co-ops yesterday afternoon. The effort resumes 1-5 p.m. today at five Lower East Side, East Village and Chinatown sites.

As Day 4 post-Sandy begins, relief efforts are picking up steam. If you are in a position to help around the neighborhood, see today’s how-to, posted below. In the meantime, we’re hoping the light at the end of the tunnel is even closer than it appears. Here’s what we know this morning.

Con Ed Promises Lights on by 11 p.m. Saturday

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.