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Power on, but much to do at Massapequa home

Brian Mannino reveled in the return of electricity to his home in Massapequa's Nassau Shores neighborhood but expressed shaky confidence Sunday that it had returned for good.

Since superstorm Sandy, Mannino, 33,  has been staying at his in-laws' Massapequa Park home with his wife and baby daughter.

He wasn't at his home Friday when LIPA-hired electrical inspectors came to check whether his electrical panel was above the flood line. "Sorry we missed you!" read a note left by the "hurricane electricity survey task force."

But power was restored late Saturday to his home even without the inspection.

"I'm nervous that someone's going to come by and say, 'This guy wasn't around. Pull the meter,' " Mannino said Sunday. "Right now, I'm proceeding ahead with the idea that I have power.  . . .  That situation might change. I don't know."

Mannino believes his electrical system wasn't damaged by floodwaters, but he hasn't had it professionally inspected. He said he also needs to have his home's crawl space and some of its first floor demolished and rebuilt. "I wish my only problem was not having power," he said.

He estimated that it would be months before he can move his wife and daughter back in.

"Personally, I'll probably live at my house on the upstairs while the work's going on," he said. "I'm trying to make do."

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