Snow storm causes power outages

Posted Dec. 23, 2010, at 11:41 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:53 a.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Heavy, wet snow that accumulated on power lines Wednesday night and Thursday morning has caused power outages in parts of Hancock and Penobscot counties.

Power was restored throughout the region by 3:10 p.m.

Late Thursday morning, Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. reported a total of 3,766 customers without power in Hancock and Penobscot counties. The utility reported 2,174 outages in Hancock County with the hardest hit areas in Ellsworth, Mariaville and Otis.

Ellsworth police reported that a section of North Street (Route 179) was closed for a short time Thursday morning while Bangor Hydro crews moved a live power line that had fallen across the road.

In Penobscot County, Bangor Hydro reported 1,584 outages in the morning with the hardest hit areas in Eddington, Clifton and Holden.

Shortly after noon, the electric company said service had been restored to all customers in Penobscot County, but that 2,175 customers in Hancock County were without power.

Police throughout Hancock County reported numerous accidents and vehicles off the road during the Wednesday night storm and Thursday morning. Slippery roads were a factor in many of those incidents, including several accidents on Route 1A during the evening commute that forced officials to close the road in Dedham while they cleared the vehicles. There were no serious injuries reported.

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