ELLSWORTH, Maine — Crews with Emera Maine have restored power to more than 9,000 customers throughout Hancock County, according to information released late Wednesday morning.
Crews have not determined the cause of the New Year’s Day outage affecting 9,375 customers in Ellsworth, Blue HIll, Surry, Stonington and surrounding communities. Only 15 customers were without power around 4 p.m.
Many of the customers were without power over Christmas from the ice storm that hit the area the previous weekend.
Falling ice-coated tree limbs hitting power lines is the suspected cause of this most recent outage, but has not been confirmed, according to Emera spokesman Bob Potts in the release.
“If there is any good news, it was the outage was at the transmission level,” Potts said by phone early Wednesday afternoon. “It took out a large number of customers at once, but we can then get them back on in one fell swoop.”
Potts reminds residents to never touch downed power lines or trees near lines.
Those with generators and heaters are asked to make sure they are properly installed and well-ventilated.
The Emera Customer Service Center is staffed and customers are welcome to call to report additional outages or ask questions by calling 800-440-1111 or 947-2414.