Con Edison reported that steam, which affords the luxury of a hot shower, has returned to 48 buildings in lower Manhattan, including all those in Stuyvesant Town affected by the outage following this weekend’s storm.
A Con Ed spokesman said the utility is still working to restore steam to two buildings on Water Street, but declined to say exactly when that work would be completed.
The outage started Saturday afternoon, and Con Ed initially estimated that total steam-service restoration could take until Tuesday night. The shutdown was a precautionary measure, meant to protect the city’s steam lines from potential flood damage due to Hurricane Irene, officials said.
On Sunday after the storm, several Stuy Town residents said they were thankful cold showers were the only issues to contend with.
“It’s a little annoying, but it’s definitely livable,” said Debra Cardona, 53. “It could have been so much worse,” added 50-year-old Darin DePaul.
But as the outage stretched into Monday, residents took to Facebook and Twitter to express their frustration. “Why the hell do I not have hot water yet?” Peter_Whalen tweeted on Monday. “Oh hell no #stuyvesanttown, still no hot water????!” added akaMERRY.
By late Monday evening, hot water service began to return across the complex. Residents updated the progression on Stuy Town’s Lux Living Facebook page as it unfolded, with comments reporting hot water updates building by building.