BEALS ISLAND, Maine — Nearly 400 customers on Beals Island were expected to be without power overnight, according to Robert Look, the Washington County Line Supervisor for Bangor Hydro-Electric Co.
Bob Potts, a Bangor Hydro spokesman, said Monday afternoon that a faulty conduit at the Jonesport end of the Beals Island Bridge is being blamed for the outage, which was first reported at about 10 a.m. Monday.
Bangor Hydro inspectors found the conduit, which runs over the water along the bridge, “black and sooty,” Potts said. Power to the island was frozen at that place in the conduit, Potts added.
Potts originally estimated that power would be restored by 8 p.m. but late Monday afternoon, Look said “It is not looking too good. I think its going to be a long night.”
Look said the conduit is a three-phase line and he believes it was damaged by an old lightning strike. “We need to find out how far out the line is damaged,” he said.
Potts said at least 391 customers have been affected by the equipment malfunction and that Bangor Hydro crews, assisted by Power System technicians, have been on the scene all day.
Customers with questions or concerns can call the Bangor Hydro Service Center at 800-440-1111.