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Power Mostly Restored to Eastern Southampton Town

Town implements procedures for powering flood damaged homes.

As of Friday morning, the number of Long Island Power Authority customers without electricity in Southampton Town east of the Shinnecock Canal has been reduced to about 300, according to LIPA's website.

The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy was exascerbated this week when a nor'easter that brought snow and high winds hit the region, but Southampton was largely spared from further power outages.

The area with the highest concentration of outages is Shinnecock Hills and Tuckahoe, with 159, where homes around Cold Spring Pond were hard hit. On top of storm damage, after Superstorm Sandy passed through, there were reports of copper piping being stolen from storm-ravaged homes on Cold Spring Point Road.

Some homes, where electrical panels, meters, outlets and other equipment was underwater due to storm surge, cannot be repowered until an inspection is completed and approval is given, to ensure that turning the electricity back on will not result in fire or other hazards.

There are three different ways homesowners can have their home certified, according to Southampton Town:

  1. Have a Suffolk County licensed electrical contractor inspect your property and fill out a Post Hurricane Sandy Electrical Survey.
  2. Schedule a request for a Post Hurricane Sandy Electrical Survey from the Town of Southampton by calling (631) 702-1830.
  3. Hire an approved electrical inspection agency to perform the inspection.

The electrical survey must be completed and notarized by both the property owner and electrician, then returned to the town's chief building inspector at Town Hall, who will forward it to LIPA. Call 631-702-1820 for more information.

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