MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
FACT SHEET: Widespread Power Outages and Road Closures
February 26, 2010
Storm Conditions Continue
- As of 7:00 am, Over 110,000 accounts were reported out of power, primarily in CMP and Bangor Hydro service areas. This equates to approximately 250,000 persons.
- Over 70 roads are reported closed, primarily in York and Cumberland Counties and the midcoast areas.
- Governor Baldacci has declared a State of Emergency to facilitate power restoration crews. The Emergency Declaration was issued at 6:25 p.m. February 25 to extend the hours of service for power crews to expedite power restoration for household and businesses currently without electricity.
- The State Emergency Operations Center is open at level 2 (partial activation) status to monitor and provide assistance as needed
- Severe weather warnings and advisories remain in place across the state, ranging from coastal flooding concerns at time of high tide (approximately 8:00 am this morning) to flash flood watches, and continuing winter weather in the mountains. Storm conditions will persist into the weekend.
Key Safety Messages:
- Monitor weather forecasts closely for expected conditions in your area
- Stay away from downed power lines. Report downed lines to your electric utility and local officials.
- Stay clear of flooded roadways. Respect all barricades, and report flooded areas to local officials.
- If the power goes out, use generators and alternate heat sources safely. Never run a generator in a basement or attached garage. Carbon monoxide poisoning may result.
- Check on neighbors, family and friends who may need special assistance to weather the storm
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