Residents driving through Thomaston Feb. 26 had to navigate the downtown without the help of traffic lights as a power outage stretched from the morning into the late afternoon.

At Athens Pizza on Main Street, employees struggled to continue serving pizzas from the gas-powered oven and made cold sandwiches. Owner Josh Smith said he may have to throw out 100 pounds of dough, however, due to the blackout caused by the storm the night of Feb. 25.

Employee Samantha Buchanan said business went well during the morning and through lunch, but died down as it got darker in the afternoon. Smith said there was a possibility the restaurant would have to shut down by 4 p.m. on Feb. 26, even though it’s usually open until 9 p.m.

Buchanan said that when she contacted Central Maine Power she was told to expect the outage to last at least a day.

A few doors down at Thomaston Grocery, use of a generator had restored partial power, according to employee Charlotte Burns. “We’re still open,” she said.

On the town common in Union, Lee MacFarland was busy cleaning up after a 150-year-old tree fell during the storm. The tree fell onto the grass. If it had gone in the other direction, it would have blocked the road and taken out power lines.

MacFarland said he was working as a volunteer for the town in return for the fire wood.

CMP spokesman Gail Rice said it could be several days before power is restored to everybody.

At about 5 p.m. on Feb. 26, she said crews had been working on a section of power lines in the woods near Thomaston and that portion of the system could be up and running soon.

CMP issued a press release late in the day Feb. 26 stating: “The company reported that 95,000 homes and businesses were without power, down from the peak of more than 133,000 at 10 Friday morning. The company said many customers will remain out overnight in many communities.

“‘We’ve met our goals of making the system safe for the public, and restoring service to critical facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, and shelters,’ said CMP spokesman John Carroll. ‘Our crews have also patrolled the damaged sections of our transmission system by helicopter, and begun restoration on the three-phase portion of our roadside lines.’

“The company is continuing to assess the damage to its system, which includes more than 140 broken poles, 18 of which are on islands in Casco Bay. Crews from New Brunswick and Massachusetts have been working alongside CMP crews for much of the day, and more crews are expected to arrive from Nova Scotia, Michigan and Florida over the next few days.”

Outages by county as of 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 showed that 7,771 were without power in Knox County, 12,498 in Lincoln and 189 in Waldo.