Bangor Hydro restoring power to 5,000 residents after heavy, wet snowfall

Posted Dec. 08, 2011, at 12:37 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 08, 2011, at 8:18 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. crews spent Thursday working to restore power to more than 5,000 customers after a storm dumped heavy, wet snow on parts of the state.

Most of the outages reported early in the day were in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, with some scattered outages in Washington and Hancock counties.

By 11 a.m., crews had restored power to all but 1,644 customers, but efforts were progressing more slowly than expected, according to Bangor Hydro spokesman Bob Potts. Potts, however, noted that tree limbs weighing on many power lines delayed restoration efforts in some areas, namely Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.

While repair crews had made significant progress in restoring service to most of the affected customers by late afternoon, heavy snow continued to cause problems.

As of 4:30 p.m., 19 customers were without power, 17 of them in northern Penobscot County and two in Washington County, Bangor Hydro spokeswoman Susan Faloon said in a late afternoon update.

The utility’s goal, she said, was to have power restored by Thursday night.

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