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.