Ice storm causes power outages, slippery driving conditions4,900 homes in Waldo County without power
Camden — Effects of the recent ice storm are still being felt along the Midcoast and while some residents have been lucky enough to not lose power, nearly 5,100 homes in Knox and Waldo County are without power.
As of 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, Waldo County has been the hardest hit with 4,900 homes reporting power outages, compared to just 250 in Knox County, according to the Central Maine Power website.
Areas closest to the coast have seen mostly rain with freezing rain Saturday night into Sunday, while towns further west have seen almost a half-inch of ice. Icing is expected to continue through Monday with the weather clearing out early Tuesday morning.
CMP urges users to report a power by contacting them at 1-800-696-1000. CMP’s telephone system automatically creates a work order and dispatches crews to the outage location.
Experts recommend when using an emergency heating source, like a wood stove, fireplace, or kerosene heater, keep fuels away from the flames and be sure to ventilate properly. Never use grills or camp stoves indoors — they can give off dangerous gases.
Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible.
With temperatures in the upper 20’s, sleet, rain and freezing rain makes for slippery going and, according to Doug Merrill of All Directions Recovery and Towing, Route 17 is starting become slick for the first time during the storm.
“Roads are not great,” Merrill said. “In the last hour the slush is starting to build on Route 17, which has been clear to this point. Trees are down all over the place, so if you don’t have to go anywhere please stay home.”
"Our residents have for the most part had the good sense to stay off the roads," said Ray Sisk, in a press release Dec. 22. He reported the Department of Transportation and local public works crews did a good job in keeping the roads passable.
At noon Dec. 23, Knox County Sheriff's Office was informed that Route 17 just east of Peaslee's Quick Stop in Jefferson was going to be closed for a couple hours due to road conditions, according to Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.
Trees and wires are being reported to both regional dispatch centers in both Knox and Waldo Counties, including the towns of Appleton, Washington, Hope, Camden and Lincolnville.
Despite the slippery conditions, local law enforcement agencies report a small number of motor vehicle crashes during the storm, mostly involving leaving the road due to slippery conditions and property damage.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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