On Thurs and Fri, Nov 1 & 2, some Freeport residents received notices in their mailboxes that power would be restored on Sat, Nov 3 at 10am. Residents were instructed to have certified electricians come in and look at the electrical panels in their homes to ensure that it was safe to turn on the power. Salt water damage to an electrical panel can easily lead to fire if current runs through the panel.
As of this morning, Sun, Nov 4, power has not yet been restored but Stage 1 (of 3 stages) of restoring power is currently underway.
Stage 1 is that inspectors are going door to door and inpecting electrical panels. If the property is deemed 'safe', a green sticker is placed on the outside of the house.
Stage 2 will be electrical crews removing the electric meters from (cutting electricity to) any house without a green sticker
Stage 3 will be deployment of fire trucks to areas where power is being restored just in case and turning on the power
Although residents would certainly like their power on sooner, they understand that this is perhaps time well spent.