Power outage due to damaged pole

By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 28, 2014
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 remains rerouted while the pole is secured or replaced.

Rockland — Clipped guy wires to one of Rockland's busiest Central Maine Power utility poles caused traffic jams all over downtown Aug. 28.

Rockland Police, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Department, along with crews from CMP, responded to the call around 2:45 p.m.

According to investigating officer Joel Neal, a female driver 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.

Her maroon Volvo sedan sustained front end damage and a flat passenger's side tire. No injuries were reported.

Traffic remains blocked off on Union Street at Limerock Street, on Park Street from Main Street to High Street to reroute traffic.

Neal said the pole will need to be replaced immediately, which will most likely cause power outages for many residents and businesses this evening.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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


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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 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 working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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