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Published August 27, 2011, 10:20 AM

Serious floods may force Con Ed to cut power in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's biggest utility says it could cut power to the city's most vulnerable areas if Hurricane Irene brings serious flooding.

By: Samantha Gross, Associated Press, WDAY

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's biggest utility says it could cut power to the city's most vulnerable areas if Hurricane Irene brings serious flooding.

Consolidated Edison spokesman Chris Olert says the utility doesn't expect to cut power before the storm hits, but flooding Sunday could bring a shutdown to areas including the southern tip of Manhattan and parts of the West Village.

He says nothing will be done proactively.

Flooding could cause severe damage to underground cables, transformers and other equipment if power were left on. He says a shutdown "allows us to do repairs more quickly and safely."

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