Status of Storm Recovery
February 23, 2009
AUGUSTA, MAINE – Governor John Baldacci received a briefing from the State Emergency Operations Center late today.
“We are monitoring the restoration and recovery process from this storm closely,” the Governor said. “We’re pleased with the response of Maine’s utilities to this major storm, and will continue to support the restoration effort in whatever way we can. In the meantime, Mainers are helping each other as they always do.”
The following is a summary of recovery information in the wake of the winter storm that is exiting the state:
- As of 5:00 pm, approximately 127,000 accounts remain out of power in Central Maine Power (CMP) and Bangor Hydroelectric (BHE) service areas.
- Both companies are bringing crews in from other states and Canada to assist in restoration. Over 100 additional crews are expected.
- Restoration efforts will extend at least into tomorrow (Tuesday).
- Both utilities report that the deep and heavy snow, poor road conditions, and rural nature of many outages are complicating factors in restoration.
- Approximately 15 shelters and warming centers have opened in the affected areas.
- Governor John Baldacci declared a State of Emergency today to expedite the restoration of power.
Key Safety Messages:
- Check on neighbors, family and friends to make sure they are staying warm and safe.
- Stay clear of downed power lines, and report them to your local electrical utility.
- Use generators and alternative heat sources carefully, in accordance with manufacturers' instructions. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result by using these appliances in enclosed spaces.
- Exercise caution when using power tools, especially chain saws, in clearing fallen limbs and trees. Do not attempt to clear tree debris that is tangled with power lines; call your electric utility.
- Continue to exercise caution on the roads; some icy patches and areas of debris remain. High snow banks make it difficult to see oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
Important Phone Numbers and Web Sites:
- Open shelters and other safety and health information: Dial 211
- Urgent emergency assistance: Dial 911
- Report power outages: Your electrical utility
- Oil spills from damaged oil tanks: Dial 800-482-0777 to notify DEP
- Road conditions: Dial 511 or visit http://www.511maine.gov
- Safety and preparedness information, and links to weather forecasts: http://www.maineprepares.com
- Status updates and news: http://www.maine.gov/mema