Residents south of Montauk Highway must schedule an electrical inspection in order to have their power turned back on after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power across the area, Town of Babylon officials announced Tuesday afternoon.
Those homeowners must call 631-957-7466 to schedule an electrical inspection as soon as possible. Neighborhoods will not be able to be re-powered until electrical systems have been checked.
According to town officials, electrical teams are going door-to-door in flood zones to inspect the homes. If in a flood zone, the home will be inspected at no cost.
"An inspection is necessary because homes in the flood zone may have been exposed to flooding during the recent storm. In order to protect public safety and properties in the flood zone, LIPA cannot re-energize your home until an electrical inspection agency has issued an Authorization to Energize inspection certificate," officials said in a statement.
A home will fall into one of three categories:
Green: No flood damage
Red: Catastrophic damage, non-salvageable or uninhabitable
Yellow: Some flooding but structurally sound
Green identified homes can be re-energized as soon as LIPA is capable of doing so.
Red identified homes cannot be re-energized until the homeowner has electrical repairs completed and inspected.
Yellow identified homes must be inspected by an electrical inspection agency.
Electrical inspectors will classify yellow identified homes as follows:
* Electrical service is acceptable, branch wiring unaffected – Home is safe for energizing
* Electrical service acceptable, branch wiring affected – Home will be energized by LIPA, circuit breakers will be turned to off position, homeowner needs to hire licensed electrician immediately to assess and repair branch wiring.
* Electrical service unacceptable – LIPA will lock out meter service tap, homeowner is required to hire a licensed electrician to repair service and any affected branch wiring.
Residents are strongly advised to abide by the recommendations listed above. Failure to abide by these recommendations could result in death or serious injury to anyone who occupies your home.