Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Situational Awareness Statement: Wind Storm 2017
November 3, 2017
AUGUSTA, MAINE — The Maine State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) will remain activated over the weekend as response and recovery efforts continue across the state following a powerful storm that left nearly half a million electricity customers without power and roadways closed due to fallen trees, power lines and flooding. Utility crews continue to work around the clock and have been in close communication with MEMA and other partner agencies to address a variety of needs.
“The safety of the people of Maine has been the primary focus during the response and recover process from Wind Storm 2017,” said Acting MEMA Director Peter Rogers. “We’re pleased to report no fatalities and no major injuries.”
Favorable weather conditions over the next few days will help the restoration process and flood-water levels are back to normal. A small number of warming centers remain open across the state and anyone seeking shelter can call 2-1-1 for the most up-to-date information or go to maine.gov/MEMA.
A large amount of debris is still reported in many areas and DOT and utility crews will continue to clear debris and open roads still closed.
“There are so many people to thank that I can’t possibly name them all,” said Rogers. “I’ll just say one big thank you to all involved. It has truly been a collaborative effort. We know it’s not over, but things have improved vastly since Monday and everyone is doing all they can to get life back to normal across Maine.”
Several mild Carbon Monoxide issues were reported across the state, prompting a reminder that generators should be placed outside, not in a garage, at least 15 feet away from the home with the exhaust pointed away from any buildings.
Anyone seeking assistance of any kind should go to maine.gov/MEMA for information and individuals are encouraged to report damage by calling 2-1-1. Reporting damage helps towns keep track of location and amount of damage, but this does not mean a claim has been filed.
Citizens are also reminded of the following:
- Use caution when operating chainsaws for debris removal and wear personal protective equipment and/or work with experienced tree-removal services.
- Those who have been without power for several days should discard food that has not been stored at the proper temperature (refrigerator 40 degrees or below; freezer zero degrees or below).
- Document all damage costs to property for insurance and other assistance purposes.
For additional preparedness, shelter and safety information, please visit MainePrepares.com, or visit MEMA on Facebook or Twitter.