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FACT SHEET: Widespread Power Outages and Road Closures

 

February 26, 2010

8:30 AM

 

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

Important information sources:

  • Urgent emergency assistance: Dial 911
  • Report power outages: Your electrical utility
  • Updated weather forecasts: NOAA Weather Radio, local radio or TV, or http://www.maineprepares.com
  • Road conditions: Dial 511 or visit http://www.511maine.gov
  • Emergency shelter locations (if needed) and other referrals: Dial 211
  • Safety and preparedness information, and links to weather forecasts: http://www.maineprepares.com

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Contact:

State EOC
207-624-4400

 

Last update: 07/20/10