700 Emera customers in Island Falls area without power Friday afternoon as crews search for cause

Posted June 20, 2014, at 3:45 p.m.
Last modified June 20, 2014, at 8:20 p.m.

ISLAND FALLS, Maine — Crews with Emera Maine are looking for the cause of a southern Aroostook outage Friday afternoon which at one point left 2,753 customers in and around Island Falls without power.

Customers in Dyer Brook, Oakfield, Crystal, Patten, Sherman and Stacyville were also affected by the outage, according to information released Friday afternoon by Emera Maine spokesman Bob Potts.

Crews were able to isolate the source of the problem at the Sherman substation, Potts said, and subsequently restore power to all customers north of the substation by 2 p.m.

Those crews remained on the ground patrolling a seven-mile section of line below that station to determine and repair the exact cause of the outage and restore power to the additional 700 customers still in the dark as of 3:15 p.m.

“We are still not sure what caused the initial outage,” Potts said. “It has been fairly breezy out there and it could be something like a tree limb on the lines.”

Emera officials hoped to have power restored to all customers by 5 p.m. Friday, Potts said.

Emera Maine encourages customers to stay clear of downed power lines and trees in contact with power lines. Customers may report outages or ask questions by calling the Customer Service Center at 207-973-2020 or 1-855-EMERA11 (363-7211). Emera also can be followed on Twitter at @emerame.

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