Crews from Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island continue to repair tropical storm damage

Posted July 06, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.
Last modified July 07, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Emera Maine crews on Monday morning continued to repair damage done by the remnants of Hurricane Arthur over the weekend, bringing the number of homes and businesses without power down to about 3,600 as of 5:30 a.m.

More than 2,500 of those outages were located in Washington County with another 800 in Hancock County. Emera estimates power won’t fully be restored in those counties until late in the day Tuesday. Everyone else should see their lights come on by mid-day Monday.

High winds and heavy rains brought by the remnants of Hurricane Arthur knocked out power to nearly 20,000 Mainers at the height of the storm Saturday. Later that night, crews reduced that number to about 15,000. Across the state, trees fell across roadways and power lines, which slowed progress for crews trying to get power back on line.

“Damage in Hancock and Washington counties is significant with many broken poles and large trees and tree limbs bringing down power lines,” Emera said in a news release. “Additionally, crews working in the Bangor area have run into obstacles accessing some areas due to fallen debris blocking access to areas needing repair.”

Emera crews are backed by more than 60 utility crew members from Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and southern Maine.

Repairs continue to be focused in places where restoring power will restore electricity for as many customers as possible, according to Emera.

Central Maine Power, which reported more than 6,200 customers — mostly in Waldo and Lincoln counties — without power on Saturday in the wake of the storm, restored service to all but 136 customers as of 3 p.m. Sunday.

Many residents of Aroostook County were also without power for much of Saturday into Sunday. As of 5:30 a.m. Sunday, about 100 Aroostook County residents were without power.

Many trees were down in the Littleton and Houlton areas of U.S. Route 1, Saturday evening, which made the road impassible, officials with the National Weather Service in Caribou said Sunday. A number of trees were down in the Caribou and Presque Isle areas as well. Minor flooding was reported in Bridgewater.

In Caribou, Jessica Vasquez was visiting her grandparents from Portland with her husband and three children and did not expect such wild weather.

“My grandparents lost a couple of little trees that they planted, and their grandsons did as well,” she explained. “It was upsetting for my grandfather, because he loves to plant and care for them and has done so all of his life. He watched those grow forever.”

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