A massive power outage in Brooklyn trapped dozens of residents in the elevators of their housing development Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported. Authorities said a total of 46 buildings within the complex lost electricity, sending emergency services to search the area for those in need of help and to evacuate others. The blackout hit almost 6,000 apartments.
The outage was triggered just after 10 a.m. when the generator failed at Spring Creek Towers located in East New York on Van Siclen Avenue, the Daily News said. More than two hours passed before the problem was finally fixed and power returned to the buildings.
One tenant rescued from inside the malfunctioning elevators told NY1 better methods of prevention were needed. “It’s 40-some-odd years old, and we know that these kinds of things do happen,” she said. “We need to be proactive in our assessment of what’s the status of the pipes, what’s the status of the generating facility here, so that we can make sure that we can prevent as much of this as possible.”