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South Queens: Brief power outage hits Ozone Park

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Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 9:46 am | Updated: 2:31 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

The power went out at about 7:40 a.m. for what Con Edison says were a little more than 1,300 customers in Ozone Park today, Nov. 29. All but seven users were back online by 10 a.m., Con Ed spokesman Bob McGee said.

The affected area is bounded by 107th Avenue on the north, 149th Avenue on the South, 84th Street on the west and 96th Street on the east, McGee reported. According to residents, among those buildings that lost power were MS 202, the Robert H. Goddard School, on Lafayette Steet and the North Conduit, and PS 63 at 90th Street and Sutter Avenue.

The cause was failure of an overhead cable, McGee said, and the utility will do a "post-mortem" on the line to see what went wrong, as per standard procedure.

McGee added that Con Ed has the most reliable service of any utility in the nation, as measured by the number of minutes power goes out per year divided by the number of customers served. He said the average outage for Con Ed customers is 20 minutes a year, 80 percent less than the national average. And, he noted, that figure is just an average, with many clients going for years without a loss of power. The system is that reliable because, unlike the cable that went down today, most of it is underground, McGee said.

— Peter C. Mastrosimone

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