Updates Nov. 2, 3

State issues storm cleanup updates, warming center list

Nov 01, 2017

The Maine State Police have announced that crews from Illinois are on the way to join others from Ohio, North Carolina, West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky to assist in restoring power to Maine communities.

Another 25 to 30 out-of-state crews are headed this way as well, and Canada has also sent a number of crews south.

In all, there are 568 broken utility poles in the state and some of the out-of-state crews are replacing them exclusively. Both Central Maine Power and Emera expect good progress today because of the dry weather and they are stressing that residents should not talk to the line crews, so they can do their work.

Other areas of trouble include:

Many Amtrak and Pam Am railroad crossings are still without power, thus no signals or crossing gates at those sites and motorists should cross those tracks cautiously .

Spotty cellphone and internet coverage in many areas, even where power has been restored. These are likely localized issues with the cell and internet companies, or generators that power their towers or systems.

Reports of residents clearing downed trees with power lines still running through them. So far, there have been no injuries, but this is extremely dangerous, especially since power is being restored at a rapid rate.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency notes that the list of warming centers is quite long and being updated as fast as new information comes in; for best results, visit maine.gov/mema and click on “Emergency Shelter Status: go to list” for most current warming center and shelter status.

At noon Nov. 1, there were centers in Rockland, Waldoboro, Tenants Harbor and Hope. According to Waldo County EMA's Dale Rowley, the nearest  regional American Red Cross Shelter for Waldo County residents is the Brewer Municipal Auditorium (pet-friendly). Residents without transportation can request a one-time ride by calling 930-7900 (Mid-Coast Connector).

As of 1 p.m., Nov. 1, Central Maine Power reported that in Knox County, 5,985 homes remained without power; in Waldoboro, in Lincoln County, 1,026 homes were without power; and in Lincolnville, in Waldo County, 727 homes were without power.

According to CMP, in Rockport, 51 out of the 53 homes on Beech Hill Road were without power on Nov. 1, and would remain so until 8 p.m. on Nov. 2.

The Waldo County Emergency Management Agency announced at 3:10P p.m. on Nov. 1 that 60 percent of Waldo County remains without power. In Lincolnville at the peak of the outages approximately 98 percent of Central Maine's customers were without power. As of 3 p.m. Nov. 1, outages were down to 44 percent. Restoration crews continue to work around the clock, and efforts will continue until power to all customers is restored. Based on the information currently available from CMP some customers may have to wait several more day before power is restored. CMP’s estimated restoration times are available on their web site at http://www.cmpco.com/outages/outageinformation.html. Scroll down to and click on Waldo County, then Lincolnville, and then find a street for the restoration estimate.

RSU 3 will hold a Warming Center Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Mount View School Complex, Route 220, Thorndike. There will be free supper and shower access (bring own towels and toiletries). Residents are encouraged to brings jugs to fill with water.

Waldo County update Nov. 2: Waldo County Emergency Management states that 30 percent of the county is without power. The closest regional American Red Cross Shelter for Waldo County residents is now at the Augusta Auditorium. This is a pet-friendly shelter. There is no public transportation available to go to Augusta. There are warming centers at the Islesboro Community Center, Liberty Fire Station and the Stockton Springs Town Office (business hours; recharging only). For updates, visit the agency's Facebook page.

Also on Nov. 2: The storm recovery workforce of more than 2,300 people includes tree clearing crews, line and substation repair crews, and safety, logistics, assessors, and mechanical repair personnel. Some of the line and tree workers have come from as far away as Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. More crews crossed the border into Maine today and are joining the effort.

Warming centers update Nov. 3: Added to the Midcoast locations are the Hahn Center in Friendship; and the Jackson Community Center.

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