Con Ed: We’ll restore power to mid and Lower Manhattan after repairing 14th Street substation

Image (taken from a video online) shows the explosion at the Con Ed substation from a distance

Con Edison has just announced that it will begin the process of restoring power to mid and Lower Manhattan following repairs to its East 14th Street substation.

The utility said it would be working through the weekend “reinforcing our underground systems and repowering critical transmission lines needed for reliability.”

However, the company warned that some buildings with flooded basements or damaged electrical equipment will not have power restored until repairs are made by building owners.

Con Ed also said anyone going into flooded basements should use extreme caution and keep children out of flooded basements.

Con Ed is also distributing dry ice today at 14th Street and Union Square until 6 p.m. or until supplies run out.

Earlier in the day, there were reports of rumors that phony Con Ed workers were robbing people in their homes, although this has yet to be confirmed.

Con Ed has not yet responded to a request for details on the repair schedule. There was an explosion at its substation near Stuyvesant Town on Monday evening during the storm.