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Travel Hazardous as Storm Exits the Region

 

March 17, 2007

1:50 PM

 

AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Ponding and flooding in roads in Penobscot County as well as coastal areas are creating difficult travel conditions across the region. Damage to a transmission line in the Mid-coast region is affecting a large number of customers.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Augusta is open monitoring the progress of today’s messy weather, and Operations Director Charles Jacobs notes that local and DOT crews are doing their usual good job of keeping roadways open.

“There are areas of flooded roadways along Route 17 and Route 1, as well as many secondary roads,” Jacobs said. “The public should respect all barricades and stay away from flooded roadways. “

Governor John Baldacci received a briefing at the EOC at 12:30 p.m. today.

“Our MEMA and local EMA staff are monitoring the situation closely,” he said. “This has been a messy winter storm with a touch of spring flooding, but it’s being handled well by everyone at the local level.”

The storm is lifting out of the state but high winds will continue Downeast, and flooded and slippery roads may take a while to clear. The Governor stressed that everyone should exercise safety precautions, especially on the roads.

Anyone with an emergency need should call 911 for local assistance. For road conditions, check the DOT Travel information Service at http://www.511maine.com, or dial 511. For flood safety and many other emergency preparedness tips, visit http://www.maineprepares.com.

 

 

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