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Governor LePage Declares Limited Emergency to Help Restore Power
November 2, 2014
For Immediate Release: November 2, 2014
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary (207) 287-2531
AUGUSTA – After an early winter storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of Mainers and made travel conditions treacherous across the state, Governor Paul R. LePage today issued an emergency proclamation that will allow utility crews to drive additional hours to repair lines and restore power.
“The storm will leave the State overnight, but getting power restored is expected to take several days,” said Governor LePage. “Our first concern is to get power back on for Mainers. Please stay safe and keep off the roads to allow utility crews to do their work.”
As of 4 p.m. today, CMP reported outages for about 79,000 customers; Emera reported outages about 39,000 customers; and Eastern ME Electric Co-Op reported outages for about 2,000 customers.
“DOT is keeping up with roads,” said Governor LePage. “The storm will wind down this evening, allowing DOT to continue their work. Our main concern for tomorrow will be getting all the power back on. Make sure you have what you need to weather the storm, and then check on neighbors who may need some extra help.”
The Governor’s “Emergency Proclamation for US-DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service Waiver” is in effect from November 2 to 9. (Text of the proclamation is at the end of this release.)
• Never run a generator indoors. The Maine CDC recommends that people should always use generators outside and make sure that it is placed at least 15 feet from windows or doors. It’s a good idea to check on your connections now, before the power goes out
• If you see a downed power line, leave it alone – always treat power lines as if they are live. A live wire can kill you
• If clearing trees or limbs make CERTAIN they are not in contact with a power line. Trees and branches can conduct electricity and electrocute you on contact
• Report outages to your power company
• Check a weather report before heading out
• Visit http://511maine.gov if you have Internet access, or dial 5-1-1 toll free to check on road conditions
• Drive at appropriate speeds for conditions
• Make sure your car is in good working condition with weather appropriate tires and plenty of gas
• Throw a blanket, flashlight, cell phone, sand (or anything that can help you get traction if you get stuck), jumper cables and other items in the car you may need in an emergency
• Have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home
• Never use an “improvised” heat source, like grill or oven, as they can be fire or carbon monoxide hazards
• Make sure all heating vents are clear and properly
discharging out of the house
• Make sure snow and ice is not impeding the venting of carbon monoxide and clear it away if it is
• Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source
• Life or safety-threatening emergency: Call 9-1-1
• Power outage or downed power line: Call your electric utility
• Maine Prepares: http://www.maineprepares.com
• Maine Emergency Management Agency: http://www.maine.gov/mema
• National Weather Service Gray: http://www.weather.gov/gray
• National Weather Service Caribou: http://www.weather.gov/caribou
• Maine DOT Travel Information: http://511maine.gov or dial 5-1-1
• MEMA on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MaineEMA
• MEMA on Twitter: @MaineEMA (http://twitter.com/MaineEMA)
Governor’s Emergency Proclamation for US-DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service Waiver
WHEREAS, the State of Maine is experiencing the effects of heavy wet snow and high winds have impacted transportation routes and put thousands of Maine homes and businesses out of power; and
WHEREAS, work crews will have to work many hours to clear roads and restore power; and
WHEREAS, power restoration crews may be requested from other service areas and states and potentially Canadian provinces to assist in ower restoration; and
WHEREAS, federal rules determine the number of hours the driver of an electrical line repair vehicle may operate; and
WHEREAS, drivers of such vehicles must cease operations when they reach the federal limit on hours of operation, and therefore would have to cease power restoration; and
WHEREAS, these conditions threaten public health and safety and endanger the property of Maine homes and businesses; and
WHEREAS, these conditions are expected to extend until November 9, 2014; and
WHEREAS, the declaration of a State of Emergency will facilitate the granting of a waiver from the US the U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration pursuant to 49 CFR part 390.23 to allow relief from 49 CFR parts 390 through 399, specifically 49 CFR part 395 Hours of Service of Drivers, and subject to the limitations described below, and therefore allow drivers of electrical line repair vehicles to operate additional hours, and
WHEREAS, motor carriers that have an Out-Of-Service Order in effect may not take advantage of the relief from regulation that such a declaration provides under 49 CFR 390.23,
NOW THEREFORE, I, Paul R. LePage, Governor of the State of Maine, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of Maine, find that these conditions constitute a civil emergency under 37-B M.R.S.A. section 742, and for the purpose pursuant to 49 CFR part 390.23 of facilitating a waiver to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, specifically 49 CFR part 395 Hours of Service of Drivers, do hereby declare that a State of Emergency within Maine for heating fuel and bulk petroleum delivery drivers as of November 2, 2014 through November 9, 2014.
Pursuant to this declaration, I hereby order the following:
No motor carrier operating under the terms of this emergency declaration shall require or allow an ill or fatigued driver to operate a motor vehicle. A driver who notifies a motor carrier that he or she needs immediate rest shall be given a least ten (10) consecutive hours off-duty before the driver is required to return to service.
Drivers operating under this proclamation shall carry a copy of the proclamation with them as evidence of their direct support to the State of Maine during this emergency period.
The proclamation may also be viewed by clicking the link below.