Governor Lifts Disaster Declaration

September 9, 2011

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 09, 2011
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

Augusta, Maine – Governor Paul LePage today lifted the state of emergency that he declared on Friday, August 26, 2011 in preparation for Tropical Storm Irene.

The Governor consulted with Maine Emergency Management Director Robert McAleer and other key State officials before deciding to end the declaration. The emergency declaration was ordered to ensure that all the resources of the State were available to assist in the response.

The storm brought a prolonged period of strong, gusty winds and heavy rain to Maine. The high winds snapped or uprooted numerous trees throughout the State causing more than 300,000 customers to lose electrical and/or communication services. The heavy rains caused rivers and streams in Western Maine to flood causing damage to bridges, roads, and property.

“On behalf of the citizens of Maine I want to thank all the responders and emergency management officials for their tireless efforts. From power restoration, to clearing roads and rebuilding bridges these responders banded together and really came through for the thousands of Mainers affected by the storm,” said the Governor. “I also commend the members of the Maine National Guard, Maine Department of Transportation and other State agencies who are helping our neighbors in Vermont and New York.”