June 19, 2018
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Power restored to Beals Island

The Associated Press

BEALS ISLAND, Maine — Tuesday was an on-again, off-again day for residents of Beals Island, where power was knocked out Monday, restored Tuesday morning, out again at 6:10 p.m. and back on shortly before 9 p.m.

A Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. spokesman said power to about 400 customers on the island was lost Monday evening after a cable connecting the island to the mainland failed. Beals Island is about four-tenths of a mile from the mainland.

While power was restored at 2 a.m. Tuesday for all residents, several commercial users, including the school, remained in the dark until crews restored their electricity later that morning.

At 6:10 p.m., the entire island was without power again after the repair to the cable failed, Bob Potts of Bangor Hydro said at about 7:30 p.m.

Shortly before 9 p.m., Potts said the cable had been repaired again and that power loads for two of the three phases of electricity carried over the bridge had been balanced.

“It will get the job done until we get there to work on the third phase,” he said.

It wasn’t yet clear late Tuesday night when that work will be done.

“I think it will be a priority for us,” Potts said.

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