Homes Worst Hit by Harvey May Wait Months for Power to Come Back

Houses at the Highland Glen subdivision stand in floodwaters due to Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

The homes and businesses that were flooded and lost power after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas’s coast last week may spend months waiting for their lights to come back on.

Even once the region’s utilities have repaired damaged power lines, electricians have to certify flooded homes before they can reconnect service, said Scott Aaronson, executive director for security at the utility trade group Edison Electric Institute. The group is working with government officials on expediting that certification, pointing to prolonged outages that followed hurricanes Sandy, Matthew and Katrina, he said.

“We like to think of storms as being before, during and after,” Aaronson said. “Unfortunately, this one has had a very long during phase and we’re still in the during phase.”

— With assistance by Sophie Caronello

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