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Governor LePage Issues Emergency Proclamation to Assist in Restoring Power

October 30, 2017

Almost as many Mainers without power as during the Ice Storm October 30, 2017

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 30, 2017
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – With a storm currently battering Maine with heavy rain, high winds and hundreds of thousands of Mainers without power, Governor Paul R. LePage has issued an emergency proclamation that allows drivers of electrical line repair vehicles to operate additional hours. (See proclamation below.)

“With the number of Mainers without power reaching the same as those without power during the Ice Storm, we need to make sure power is restored as quickly as possible,” said Governor LePage. “I urge all Mainers to check on their neighbors and stay safe as they travel around the state.”

Hazardous weather is expected to continue throughout the day, with another one to two inches of rainfall possible. Winds gusts in excess of 60 miles per hours are expected along the coast and over exposed high terrain. A second round of high winds is forecast for the afternoon.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency is monitoring the storm as it passes through Maine and is coordinating with the National Weather Service, County Emergency Management Agencies, state agencies, and utility companies to review the latest forecasts and discuss their operational status.

Motorists should use extra caution while driving, particularly as they approach intersections or high profile vehicles that may be influenced by strong wind gusts. For weather information and more safety tips, visit the Maine Prepares web site: www.maineprepares.com.

State of Maine

Governor’s Emergency Proclamation for Electricity Restoration Efforts

WHEREAS, the State of Maine is experiencing the effects of high winds and storm conditions that 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 have been requested from other service areas as well as Canadian provinces to assist in power 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 through October 30, 2017; and

WHEREAS, the declaration of a State of Emergency will facilitate the granting of a waiver from 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 as of October 30, 2017 through November 6, 2017.

Pursuant to this declaration, I hereby order the following:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Paul R. LePage
Governor

Link to the Proclamation is here: http://www.maine.gov/governor/lepage/news/news_display.shtml?id=770262

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