Outage Numbers Continue to Fall, But Some Downeast Areas Still Dark
December 27, 2013
Power crews are making good progress today, as ice storm recovery efforts continue. However, some areas in Hancock County are expecting to endure outages into next week. Hancock County officials are planning to keep shelters and warming centers open as long as they are needed.
All the affected areas are also bracing for another winter storm Sunday night into Monday, that may bring a significant snowfall, wintry mix, or both, and could threaten the power restoration process in eastern Maine.
Governor Paul R. LePage today thanked Bangor Hydroelectric, Central Maine Power, and Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative for their hard work and dedication in restoring power. “Our Maine line and tree crews, and crews from at least 6 states and 2 Canadian provinces left their families at home at Christmas time to work long hours in the cold to support Maine people. That is a gift we are all grateful for,” the Governor said.
The Governor also praised the many volunteers and State agency representatives who have been working throughout the storm response. “We don’t get through these emergencies without hundreds of volunteers,” the Governor said. “We’re thankful for Maine’s Red Cross volunteers, and volunteer fire-fighters, community response teams and community members who are stepping up. And our state agencies have done whatever was needed to make sure communities were supported. “
The Governor declared a State of Emergency on Saturday, December 21st in order to ensure that all state resources were available to support local response efforts. The State Emergency Operations Center and Emergency Response Team have been activated since that date. The Emergency Response Team is made up of all State agencies with a response role, plus the American Red Cross.
Contact:State EOC/Public Information