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Clean-up, Damage Assessment and Power Restoration in the Wake of Irene


August 29, 2011

4:30 PM


As skies cleared on Monday, the State of Maine began the recovery process from Tropical Storm Irene. Irene knocked out power to over 200,000 homes and businesses, flooded roads and brought down trees and power lines across roads and buildings.

"We're grateful that the effects are no worse," said MEMA Director Rob McAleer. "But we have a lot of clean-up and assessment to do, before we know the true extent of the damage."

McAleer accompanied Governor Paul LePage and MaineDOT Commissioner Dave Bernhardt as they surveyed the damage to two bridges on Route 27 in Carrabassett Valley. They then travelled to Rumford where extensive road damage was incurred.

McAleer said that County Emergency Management Agencies are working with communities to gather estimates of the cost of response, and damages to public infrastructure. These preliminary estimates are necessary to determine if Maine would be eligible for federal disaster assistance. MEMA expects to receive estimates over the next several days. Many roads around the state were also closed because of downed trees and power lines. Those were slowly opening today as crews cleared debris and secured fallen power lines. Utilities reported progress in power restoration throughout the day, but full restoration will likely take several days.

"We also know that there are some homes affected by the storm as well," McAleer said. "The volunteer community has offered a limited number of trained chainsaw crews and basement clean-up crews for those with no other resources. " Individuals who are in need of volunteer assistance may call 211 Maine (dial 2-1-1 toll free) to inquire about these resources.

For all homeowners and businesses which might have incurred damage, MEMA recommends:

  • Call your insurance company
  • Document any damages with photographs
  • Keep records of any money spent on repairs

For continuing information on storm clean-up, visit Maine Prepares



Last update: 07/20/10