Governor to Assess Damage from Storm Impact

August 29, 2011

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 29, 2011
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

Augusta, Maine – Governor Paul LePage will remain in the Emergency Operations Center at the Maine Emergency Management Agency with state officials this morning as he is briefed about damage and potential further safety and economic issues due to the impact of Tropical Storm Irene.

At approximately 9:00am the Governor will take a helicopter tour and speak with citizens in the Carrabasett Valley area where two bridges remain closed indefinitely on Rt. 27 in Carrabasett Valley. Local, County, State and DOT officials are working on providing access to the Sugarloaf area.

Governor LePage also plans to fly to Rumford where roads are closed due to major flooding.

Power outages continue to leave Mainers without power and shelters have opened in communities across the state. Citizens seeking alternate shelter should call 2-1-1 for information on the nearest facility. As of 6:00am there are reports of approximately 170,347 Central Maine Power meter outages and 28,113 Bangor Hydro outages.

Governor LePage urged residents to avoid unnecessary travel and to check for road closures before heading out this morning.