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Electrical fires an issue in Freeport

Heavily-damaged Freeport continued to dig out from the storm, which destroyed several houses and sent garbage, personal belongings and boats blocks from where they had been pre-Sandy.

Village officials released a statement asking residents to use caution in seeking power restoration. Electrical fires have been a problem in the village, where at least five structures caught fire.

The statement asked residents to "have a certified Electrician verify that your home or business is safe to have your electrical service restored. If your property is not deemed safe or you cannot have your property verified as safe, please turn off your circuit breaker" before 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3”.

The statement continued: "Beginning Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 10 a.m., Freeport Electric will begin to reactivate the electrical service to South Freeport and hopefully by the end of the day, everyone will have their service restored. It is very important that you ensure your home or business is safe before the service is restored."

In Hempstead, "town work crews will continue clearing trees from blocked roadways," as "over 400 trees have already been cleared from blocking area streets," town officials said in a statement.

The statement continued: "Most communities have lost power, there are over 1,000 downed trees in our neighborhoods, and traffic lights are out at many busy intersections. Train and bus service is still disrupted, and car travel is imperiled by debris in roadways, pooling water and inoperative traffic signals."

Officials repeated a call for residents to consider skipping trick or treating.

"The hazards of downed electric wires and trees are serious and should not be taken lightly," the statement said.

On the other side of Long Island in Center Moriches, normalcy began to return, as the Halloween-themed March of the Goblins was declared a go. It begins at 4:30 p.m. today.

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