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Downtown Brooklyn sees damage from Sandy

Tree limbs were down in front of retail stores on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. Elsewhere in the area, storefronts and awnings were damaged. Photo by Mary Frost 

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP), although still in the process of assessing the damage in its three Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and the BAM Cultural District, reports there was no major damage and no injuries to security workers.

"We have seen widespread damage to storefronts, signage and awnings throughout Downtown Brooklyn, but I am happy to report that the majority of the damage that we experienced is cosmetic and not structural, and that no injuries have been reported to our public safety staff," said Tucker Reed, DBP president. "And thanks to the precautionary measures taken by our sanitation and security workers to secure our street furniture and fixtures before the storm, we saw very little damage to these items or to surrounding buildings caused by unsecured equipment."

The DBP has compiled a list of damaged property and is working to notify property owners, who are encouraged to call for updates.

Tucker noted that over the coming days and weeks, the DBP will work with our part- ners in city government to make sure that retail stores and building owners receive the attention they need to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

To find up-to-date information on the recovery effort (including reporting damage), please call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/severeweather. Anyone with questions, may contact Reed at (718) 403-1616.

He also noted that Con Edison is assessing damage and restoring service. The company estimates that customers in Brooklyn served by underground electric equipment should have power back within four days. Approximately 87,000 customers are without electrical service in Brooklyn, the company said.

November 2, 2012 - 3:28pm


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