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Nov 9, 2012 5:38 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Flooded Houses Must Be Inspected Before Power Is Restored, Southampton Town Officials Say

Nov 9, 2012 5:42 PM

Southampton Town officials said that before power can be restored to East End homes damaged by flood waters, inspectors must ensure that the home’s electrical system and equipment are safe to reenergize.

The storm surge brought by Hurricane Sandy submerged electrical meters, panels, wires and outlets in some houses, according to the town’s website, and even if that equipment does not need to be repaired, it requires inspection before power can be restored. Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi said Friday the issue has led to delays particularly in some areas of Flanders, where homes have been without power since the hurricane last week.

Residents may call a Suffolk County licensed electrical contractor or private inspection agency to inspect the property and complete a survey, which can be found on the town website. The survey must then be notarized by both the electrician and the homeowner before being submitted to the Southampton Town Chief Building Inspector, who will forward it to the Long Island Power Authority.

Residents are asked to call (631) 702-1820 for more information.

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I can understand the safety precautions, but is all this bureaucratic red tape necessary?
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Nov 10, 12 11:59 AM
What a scandalous lack of leadership on the part of the SH Town Board. The Town's money situation is extremely good, as ATH is always quick to point out. The Board could direct Municipal Works or the Housing Authority to reach out to residents, mobilize electricians from the list of licensees they maintain, and help these people immediately. Noone in Flanders is rich, and some electricians might take advantage of their situation. For these neighbors to have to hire an electrician and then submit ...more
By margaret8000 (6), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 10, 12 9:18 PM
Why would you ever want too turn the electric on in your house if it was flooded use some common sense. Everyone has their hand out for goverment too do it for them. Stop whining pay an inspector 150 bucks and move on, and thank God you don't live in Rockaway! This country is full of lazy complainers that need their hand held by the govt. Welcome to the new democracy
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 12, 12 6:54 PM
Hey Chief, how long was your power out? These people feel like they are at the end of their rope and as usual, gov't just gets in the way. Surprising that has to be pointed out to you. I understand the need for precaution, but let's not call them whiners.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Nov 12, 12 9:00 PM
This article is incorrect I know of at least 4 houses in Hampton Bays that were flooded and the power was restored without any of them having electrical inspections. This is fact and an example of the local politicians pretending to care about safety while they really just care about how they look and sound. Which is why I am writing this so people can be aware of yet another lie coming from Southampton Town Hall.
By FoReel (18), Hampton Bays on Nov 12, 12 10:23 PM
I second FoReel - I know of many houses in Flanders that were flooded and had their power restored 3 days after the storm. This is BS - if you are going to require inspections that's fine (and understandable) but shouldn't they be required for ALL homes that were flooded? Not just whatever ones you feel like?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Nov 13, 12 11:26 AM