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No Power? No Gas? City Requiring Inspections Before Services Resume
Posted By Ned Berke On November 7, 2012 @ 1:30 pm In News & Features | 13 Comments
It’s clear to anyone who has been paying attention that power restoration has drastically slowed down since the first few days following Hurricane Sandy. Part of that is because, as Con Edison turned on power, fires were breaking out throughout the neighborhood as energy surged into flooded circuit breakers or sparked gas leaks.
For residents’ safety and the safety of first responders, the city is now requiring the homeowners get their electricity and gas systems inspected before they restore services. Department of Buildings inspectors are also making the rounds, tagging flooded homes in Zone A with stickers that indicate whether the home can be reoccupied. We’ve already seen several in the Plumb Beach bungalow colonies that have been deemed unusable.
Here’s the rundown of what the Department of Buildings is doing, and what you need to do before you can have power or gas restored:
INFORMATION FOR HOMEOWNERS AFFECTED BY SANDY
Buildings affected by Hurricane Sandy may not be reoccupied without permission of the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB). DOB inspectors are placing green, yellow, or red stickers on buildings in flooded areas that indicate what you should to do safely reoccupy your home. If your building is tagged with a red sticker, it is not safe to enter.
If you receive a green or yellow sticker from DOB, you must have a NYS-licensed electrician and/or a licensed plumber inspect your utilities services before you can have them restored.
Obtaining Permission to Reoccupy Your Building:
You must submit a certified report by a NYS licensed professional engineer or registered architect certifying the following:
All submissions including certified reports can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to one of the Department Borough Offices. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov or call 311.
Restoring Power to Your Home
If any electrical wiring, receptacles, or equipment were submerged in water during the storm, you must hire a licensed electrician to inspect the equipment prior to returning it to service.
Note: In most cases, any electrical wiring that came into contact with salt water will be required to be removed and replaced. A licensed electrician may be able to disconnect the affected wiring branches to permit equipment in the rest of the building to be returned to service.
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