From blackouts in the middle of the day, spoiled food, damaged electronics and even a lack of oxygen tanks, the list of problems caused by issues with electricity in Queens is causing residents to blow a fuse.

Weeks after Hurricane Isaias blew through the city, residents in the mostly Black neighborhoods of Rockaway and South Jamaica, Queens say their electricity is still not fully working. They are blaming PSEG, who powers Far Rockaway, and ConEd, who powers South Jamaica.

Over the weekend PSEG reported 5,100 customers were without power due to an outage in the Rockaways and Long Island. While the power was restored, residents in the Rockaways say they are still dealing with random blackouts and brownouts that’s disrupting daily life.

Customers in South Jamaica say they are also dealing with blackouts and brownouts that are making things difficult. There is major concern about the health and access to elderly residents who say they have no electricity for oxygen tanks and elevators are not working, leaving them stranded and hard to get to.

Major power outages after a major storm are nothing new to Queens residents’ living on and around the Rockaway peninsula. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy, which was the second-costliest hurricane on record in U.S. history, brought mass outages for weeks. Residents were using generators and crowding power strips in the streets to power cell phones.

In a recent interview with the AmNews, Queens State Sen. James Sanders, who’s district covers the Rockaways and South Jamaica, said residents have reported to him the power issues and want answers from both ConEd and PSEG.

“Even before the hurricane, we’ve been having problems with electricity in our community,” he said. “Post-Hurricane Isaias has been intolerable. Both of my communities are powered by different companies. People are dealing with blackouts and brownouts even after the power is turned back on.”

In total, Sanders said the power issue is affecting 10,000 people. On Aug. 24 Sanders is participating in a State Senate hearing about the ongoing power issues to tell state leaders what’s going on.

“I’m going to be very unhappy at the Senate hearing on this issue,” he said. “I’m going to personally grill ConEd and PSEG. I have no faith without someone doing better oversight that these guys can do well. ConEd turned a profit and I want to know how much of their profit was used for keeping things together or was it given to a shareholder. I’m very concerned.”

This week, Sanders organized a conference call for residents and community leaders to discuss in detail the problems they’ve been having with the outages.

Residents raised issues about working from home and remote learning for students. One woman reported that her child was doing school work on the computer and assignments were lost due to a blackout and disconnected internet. Another person said the lights go out every other day.

A delivery worker on the call said out-of-service elevators in high rises are major issues making it difficult for her to do her job. She said she’s had to go up 12 flights of stairs or more to make deliveries.

One resident said the outages are wreaking havoc on electronics such as TVs and air conditioners that are surging during blackouts.

Sanders and the residents said they would like a microgrid for the area so that they can have consistent power.

The AmNews reached out to both PSEG and ConEd for comment on the situation. Neither responded at press time.

This week, PSEG agreed to reimburse customers who experienced power outages for 72 hours for spoiled food and medicine due to Hurricane Isaias. Customers are eligible for up to $250 in reimbursements.