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Damage reports vary as Queens tops Con Ed's power outage list

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Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2011 2:32 pm | Updated: 2:32 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

The extent of damage from Hurricane Irene varies greatly across Queens, according to early reports from the authorities and anecdotes from residents.

Con Edison said 25,000 borough customers were without power as of 7 a.m. Sunday, mostly due to high winds knocking down trees. That compares to 6,000 outages in Brooklyn, 4,500 in the Bronx and 16,000 on Staten Island. Outages in Manhattan were called "minimal."

The Long Island Power Authority, which serves the Rockaways, said 4,467 customers there were without power.

In Middle Village, Chronicle contributing photographer Steve Fisher said late Sunday morning that damage appeared to be relatively slight in his neighborhood when he took his first post-storm stroll. But in Old Howard Beach, reader Christine Breviario, who also contributed to the Chronicle's Hurricane Irene photo coverage, said her basement had three feet of water in it. She still had her sump pump working "furiously" to clear out the flooding as of 1:30 p.m. And trees and branches are down everywhere.

The Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge was still closed late Sunday morning due to flooding in Broad Channel, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported [see separate story]. The MTA noted that the flooding was not on its property. The Midtown Tunnel and other bridges were open, and tolls were still suspended on the Throg's Neck, Whitestone, Verrazano and Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges bridges.

On the streets, alternate side parking rules are suspended for Monday.

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