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  •  I hear you - it seems that the utility is only (4+ / 0-)
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    responsible to bring the power to the property. The property owner, building owner, business owner is responsible from there.

    But there are plenty of home owners, and business owners, who can't assess if equipment in their property is working because their is no power to their whole block.

    •  Same as it is in the rest of (1+ / 0-)
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      the country.

      •  And now we city slickers are learning (0+ / 0-)

        a bit about how power in NYC happens. Or Not.

        Glad you made it through Andrew, and was impressed with how the folks in the Keys dealt with Isaac this year.  They seemed prepared having learned from their prior hurricanes.

    •  Same thing is happening here in Connecticut (1+ / 0-)
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      Because the flooding and winds in Hurricane Sandy that submerged furnaces, dampened electrical panels and pulled out wires could pose safety risks when power returns, Old Lyme officials have told more than 200 homeowners they can't restore electricity to their houses until they are inspected by a licensed electrician.

      First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder said the town can't risk restoring power to damaged houses until it ensures their electrical systems are sound. The safety risks include fire and electrocution, she said.

      Electrician Roger Dill of Dill's Electric in Lyme who was at Town Hall Monday submitting certification for a client, said he has seen fires start after seawater flooding.

      "Salt water is a superconductor," he said.

      The luxury condominium complex at Randall's Wharf off Water Street in Mystic, was still without power on Monday due to meters that were partially submerged during the storm surge, said Kevin Quinn, Groton's manager of inspection services. Quinn said new breakers were installed and he inspected the work Monday morning, a requirement before Connecticut Light & Power would reconnect power.
      200 Old Lyme homeowners told houses uninhabitable
      If you were submerged, you have to have a licensed inspection done of your electrical system.  Also, while the local power company will string up downed wires, if the wires were ripped off of your house, you need to pay a licensed electrician to reattach the wires to your house, the power company will not do that.
      •  Great addition to the education we are all (1+ / 0-)
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        getting.

        "Salt water is a superconductor," he said.
        We saw that vividly when the East River flooded. The Con Ed station just exploded.

        We have no idea how many houses and businesses and apartment buidlings are uninhabitable because they lack power, or are uninhabitable because they have structural damage.

        Are you telling me that even if someone's home was spared by Sandy, and their neighborhood block is still out, they could face burst water pipes because they don't have any way to keep a little heat in the house.

        •  They need to either turn off the water and empty (0+ / 0-)

          the internal pipes for the night, or turn the faucets on to a little more than a trickle and flush the toilets every 90 minutes or so.  It gets cold enough around here that even having heat isn't a guaratee of not having frozen pipes somewhere in the house.  I had one of my pipes freeze this past winter and my house is 13 years old with pleanty of heat.

          •  And if they evacuated before Sandy (0+ / 0-)

            and haven't been able to return yet, at all, what should they learn?

            Winter came late this year. Prior to Sandy there were still plenty of green leaves on the trees, and here in NYC temperatures dropped below freezing for the first time this week.

            We know all about 4 seasons up here. This is like we skipped fall.

            What we've never had before - ANYWHERE - in this country is a tropical cyclone followed by a noreaster a week later delivering a couple inches of snow.

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