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Power restored in Rockland

By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 28, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham As of 10 p.m. Aug. 28, Central Maine Power crews were still working to replace a damaged utility pole at the corner of Union and Park streets in Rockland. Many customers remained without power until midnight.

Central Maine Power crews spent nine hours replacing a utility pole following a crash at the corner of Park and Union street Aug. 28.

At about 2:45 p.m. Jessica Elwell, 23, of Owls Head was turning left from Union Street onto Park Street when she swerved to avoid another vehicle causing her to clip the guy wires supporting the pole at the corner of Rite Aid parking lot, according Rockland Police Officer Joel Neal.

Her 2000 maroon Volvo sedan sustained front-end damage and a flat passenger's side tire. No injuries were reported. Rockland Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded.

Crews from CMP spent the next nine hours replacing the main utility pole that was deemed unstable. Power was cut off to 2,405 customers for six hours while the lines were transferred from one pole to the new one.

Traffic was rerouted around a three square block area of downtown.

No charges are anticipated, according to Police Chief Wally Tower.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Central Maine Power crews work to reconnect utilities from one pole to another Aug. 28 following a main pole being disabled by a car clipping its guy wires in Rockland. CMP had power restored by midnight. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Clipped guy wires caused one of Rockland's busiest utility poles to become unstable Aug. 28 at the intersection of Union and Park streets. Traffic was rerouted around a three square block area of downtown while the pole was replaced by Central Maine Power. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Damage to the front end and passenger's side tire were sustained to this maroon Volvo sedan following an incident in Rockland Aug. 28. Trying to avoid another vehicle, the driver swerved, clipping off guy wires to a utility pole. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (2)
Posted by: David E Myslabodski | Aug 29, 2014 17:40

Thanks a bunch CMP!

Just wonder who is footing the bill?

 



Posted by: Ed and Melissa Boon | Aug 29, 2014 01:00

power went out at 5:53 pm back on at 12:08 am thank you cmp



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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.

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