Okay, I am curious if anyone has any experience / advice. DH and I live in a gated neighborhood. There is only one entrance / exit, and it is gated. On Wednesday the power went out. I wanted to head out to run some errands (because who wants to sit in a house without power?). The gate didn't work. I called the HOA president and she said that the gate SHOULD be able to be manually opened in the event of a power outage, but it wasn't. Finally, some of the guys were able to pry the gate open.
Fast forward to today. We got a bad storm (we saw lightning strike within 2-3 miles of us), and the power went out. DH and I decide to out to dinner, when ... You guessed it ... The gate was still shut. I called the HOA president again and she was like "well, I called the gate company and that's all I can do. Can you try to pry it open?" DH was unable to get it to budge. HOA said there was nothing she could so. Anger couple down the street were also trying to get out and were super pissed. So, he went and got his tools. He and DH unscrewed a few bolts and got the gate open. At this point, there were 2 cars trying to get home. Asinine.
So we get back from dinner and the HOA board starts yelling at us, saying that they are going to send us the bill for repairs to the gate (um, they undid 2 bolts). I told them that we wouldn't pay it.
DH and I are trying to find information regarding how there has to be some ordinance that specifies how residential gates should function in the event of a power outage.