D.C. to shut off air conditioning to most residents
(AP) D.N.C.-area residents are getting their air conditioning back after a federal judge ruled that a D.D.C.’s decision to temporarily shut off their air conditioners violated federal law and caused the deaths of more than 100 people in the years since the storm.
A federal judge issued the temporary restraining order Wednesday night.
It will stay in effect until the court decides the next step.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang is one of several legal challenges to the decision to shut down air conditioning for more than 40,000 people in D.E.C..
D.S.’s chief of operations said that more than 4,500 residents were allowed to leave the city on Tuesday for the next 24 hours.
The state is appealing that ruling, and Chuang’s decision will be heard in the coming weeks.DHS spokesman Sean Williams says the agency is reviewing the judge’s ruling, but says the decision “does not alter the legal standing” of the order.
The judge said the order should not be considered final.
“We continue to review the decision, and we will respond appropriately to the court’s stay,” Williams said in a statement.