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Some Brooklyn Residents Spend Bitter Cold Night Without Heat, Power And Water

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Crews are rushing to make repairs after a pair of transformer fires and a water main break left some residents without heat, power and water overnight in Brooklyn.

Buildings along 21st Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope lost power Monday afternoon when a manhole cover blew, which set off another fire down the block, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported.

An hour later a water main burst.

The boiler at Saint John the Evangelist Church stopped putting out heat, forcing a priest to find someplace else to sleep and church staff  had to turn away more than 200 parishioners who came to a prayer service Tuesday night.

Park Slope resident Virginia Lora spent the night in her apartment with no heat, no power and no water.

“We just covered ourselves up really nicely and tried to stay in the rooms with no windows so that we tried to stay warm,” Lora said.

Power was restored for most of the block overnight and the water was turned back on around noon Tuesday, but it is still an ongoing process, Brown reported.

Many residents are staying in hotels or Red Cross shelters until the issue is fully resolved, Brown reported.

Meanwhile, aging water mains are caving under the pressure of sub-freezing temperatures across the city.

Shortly after midnight, a 140-year-old, 6-foot main ruptured at Greenwich and Clarkson streets in the Village. Another water main burst open in Corona, Queens.

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