MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
FACT SHEET: Power Restoration Underway; Many Roads Still Closed
February 26, 2010
Status of Storm Recovery
- As of 4:00 pm, a little over 100,000 accounts in CMP and Bangor Hydro service areas remain out of power, down from a high of over 140,000 earlier today. : Both utilities advise that power will be out overnight in many areas.
- Over 70 roads are reported closed or with limited access, 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 opened at 2:00 am on Friday to monitor and provide assistance as needed. A number of state agencies continue to be involved in the response. Examples include:
- Department of Conservation, Maine Forest Service: Rangers have been deployed assisting Emergency Management Agencies in Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Hancock, Washington, Piscataquis, Penobscot and York Counties. Rangers have been assisting to clear roads, and are supporting County Emergency Operations Centers, monitoring local flooding and assessing damages.
- Maine DOT: Emergency road repairs and damage monitoring, assisting Emergency Management with barricades, in addition to plowing upwards of 30 inches of snow in western and northern Maine.
- Department of Agriculture: Outreach to farmers with power outages, or barn damages.
- Shelters and warming centers have been opened in Sagadahoc, York, Knox and Lincoln Counties. Current information on what facilities are open can be obtained by calling 211 (dial 2-1-1, toll free) or visiting http://www.maineprepares.com
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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