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Governor Issues Safety Message as Storm Clean Up Continues


February 14, 2008

1:00 PM


AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci today continued to work with officials at the Maine Emergency Management Agency, county emergency agencies, Maine Department of Transportation, American Red Cross and others as clean up continues from Wednesday’s snow and ice storm.

The Governor signed an Emergency Declaration Wednesday evening allowing power crews from other states to come to Maine and to help restore electricity. Power outages may take a few days to resolve.

The Governor urges Mainers to observe safety precautions while cleaning up and dealing with power outages.

“If you have lost power and are using a generator or alternate heat and light sources, follow instructions carefully to avoid dangerous fumes or fire hazards,” said Governor Baldacci. “If not used safely, these devices can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas formed when burning most types of fuels. Using gas-powered generators, kerosene heaters, charcoal grills, and gas grills can cause poisoning if CO gas builds-up in closed in spaces.”

Some shelters and warming centers are opening up today. A current list of opening shelters is available at the MEMA web site. Dial 211 for an up-to-date list of places to stay warm.

Roads in some areas are still blocked because of flooding. Please respect all barricades, and report any areas of flooding to local officials.

Yesterday's snow was heavy and wet, and driveways and walkways are icy. “Use care as you venture out today. Snow shoveling will be more of a chore than usual; so take care and pace yourself,” said Governor Baldacci.

Check your roof to see if you need to remove snow. Heavy wet snow and ice can damage your roof. When using ladders, stay clear of electrical service to the house, and make sure the ladder has solid footing.

Gusty winds today could cause more tree limbs to fall, and more power outages. Stay clear of downed power lines, and report them to your electrical utility. If you are working outside, please look out for falling branches.

“We are working diligently to get life back to normal across the state,” said Governor Baldacci. “As we continue our efforts, please take time to check on friends and neighbors who might need some extra help, or who might not have heard this safety message.”

More safety information is online at:

Important phone numbers:

  • To report a life-threatening emergency: 911
  • To find if there is a shelter in your area: 211 ( )

  • To check on road conditions: 511 ( )

  • To report power outages: Your utility's emergency number





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