OLD LYME, Conn. (AP) _ Old Lyme says more than 200 homes have been made uninhabitable by Superstorm Sandy and the owners must clear a new hurdle before getting back in.

The Day of New London reports  that Old Lyme officials tell the homeowners they may not restore electricity until their homes are inspected by an electrician. First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder says the town can’t risk restoring power to damaged houses.

About 15 homeowners in neighboring East Lyme and two in Stonington also have to ensure their houses are safe before power can be turned back on.

Old Lyme’s building and health departments have designated about 210 houses as uninhabitable following inspections. Building Official Ron Rose says furnaces and wires were under water in some houses. Even after water recedes, he says electrical panels can remain wet.
Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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