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Clean Up Well Underway from Freakish Storm

 

October 30, 2011

3:00 PM

 

Take safety precautions around work crews

A record-setting October snowstorm has left over a hundred thousand accounts out of power, downed limbs and trees in many locations and snowbanks unheard of for Halloween.

Safety must be everyone's first priority for the next few days, starting with safety for trick-or-treaters.

As the storm moves away, crews are making good progress to clear downed lines and restore power. However, anyone venturing out for Halloween parties or traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating should be aware that streets may be dark, and snow banks may reduce visibility. Central Maine Power adds that damaged utility equipment may be on the ground, or hanging lower than usual.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency is asking Mainers to respect all emergency crews working to clear debris, trim trees, and restore power in the wake of this bizarre weather event. Staying out of the way will allow these crews to get their important work done as quickly as possible.

The need for emergency shelters or warming centers is being evaluated by several communities. Dial 2-1-1 to learn of any shelters in your area.

Report all downed lines or outages to your electric utility. Also call them to learn the status of restoration efforts.

  • Central Maine Power: 800-696-1000
  • Bangor Hydro: 800-440-1111

 

 

Last update: 07/20/10