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Emera Maine works to restore power to thousands; readies crews and other resources as another storm treks toward Maine

Release Date:  01-11-2016

Bangor, Maine — On the heels of the wind and rain storm that knocked out power to nearly 30,000 customers Sunday night, Emera Maine is working hard to restore power before another storm moves through late Tuesday into Wednesday bringing 8-12 inches of snow to Maine.

Damage to the electric system has been extensive. Wind gusts topping 60 miles per hour brought down large trees and limbs onto power lines, in some cases breaking poles and knocking wires to the ground.

To address the damage and ensure we are prepared for what Mother Nature sends us next, additional external line and tree trimming crews will be joining those already assisting Emera Maine field personnel in the restoration, increasing our presence to four times our usual complement of field workers.

As always customers are reminded to stay clear of downed power lines or trees in contact with them. Locating account numbers in advance and programming the Customer Service Center phone number into cell phones can help speed up the reporting process. Anyone using alternate heat sources and generators is reminded to follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines. Finally, the public is urged to use caution and move over, when possible, if approaching utility crews working on roadways to ensure everyone’s safety.

Customers can get the latest outage and restoration information and view our Live Outage & Restoration Map. Outages can be reported through our online outage report form or by calling our Customer Service Center at 1-855-EMERA-11 (1-855-363-7211) or 207-973-2000.