is my router bricked?
you can also try to reset the router, which usually means holding down the reset button for 30 seconds.
something that is sure to reset it is to hold the power button down for 90 seconds, the first 30 seconds with the power on, next 30 with the power off (simply unplug the power adapter from the wall), and next 30 with the power on. this is known as a 30/30/30 reset and is sure to clear the router. you will then need to put all your settings back in. IF that is, the router is still working.
you should always have your router and your equipment on a good solid surge protector (I suggest an ISOBAR if you can afford the $60/each), and keep the power strips powered off during storms, including wind storms. power problems or power cycles (ons and offs) at the main transformer can cause huge spikes. otherwise, it will brick your router just as bad as a bad flashing will.
I usually have my networking equipment like my modem and router on a separate power strip in case it needs to be power cycled (most routers need that from time to time).
If you can afford it, keep all your electronics on an ISOBAR. digital clocks, stereos, etc.
when the storm comes
turn off and or unplug all the power strips.