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Clean-Up Continuing After Violent Summer Storms


July 22, 2010

4:00 PM


AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Power restoration and debris clean-up continues in the wake of powerful summer storms that ripped through southern and coastal Maine last night. The National Weather Service has confirmed tornado activity at sites in York and Cumberland Counties, and many areas experienced high winds and heavy downpours.

Governor John E. Baldacci has signed an Emergency Declaration that will allow power crews from other states to come to Maine to help restore electricity and extend hours that crews can work.

Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is recommending that anyone who suffered home damage as a result of last night's severe storms contact their insurance agents to report damages. Residents may also dial 2-1-1 to learn about available resources.

MEMA recommends the following actions for those whose homes have been damaged:

  • Document all of your damage and losses, and repairs you have made. Take pictures if possible
  • Contact your insurance company to determine what will be covered
  • Call 2-1-1 for information about other resources that might be available to you.

“Last night's storms were vicious in parts of the State, and we have had reports of damaged or flooded homes and businesses. “ MEMA Director Rob McAleer said. “We hope that insurance coverage will assist in many cases. However, there are other programs that may be of help, including trained volunteer groups who can help clear debris or clean out flooded basements. We recommend anyone with questions about possible help dial 2-1-1 and ask for available referrals."

2-1-1 will assist in connecting volunteer groups with homeowners who request their assistance. A call to 2-1-1 is toll-free from anywhere in Maine. 2-1-1 referral information is also available on the Internet, at

McAleer stressed that calling 2-1-1 is not a registration for assistance. “2-1-1 can offer referrals to programs that are available now. It is up to the caller to determine which programs might help them, and follow through on those referrals.”

More safety and recovery information is available at the Maine Prepares website:




Lynette Miller


Last update: 07/20/10