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Governor Declares Emergency to Help Restore Power

 

November 25, 2008

 

AUGUSTA - Governor John E. Baldacci has signed an Emergency Declaration that will allow power crews from other states to come to Maine and to help restore electricity.

The Emergency Declaration was ordered at 9:35 p.m. today to expedite power restoration for approximately 40,000 households in the State currently without electricity. High winds are expected to continue in much of the State through the night.

Governor Baldacci and the Maine Emergency Management Agency have been monitoring the severe weather throughout the day.

The Governor encourages people to use caution, report any outages and to not touch downed power lines.

"Common sense goes a long way during bad weather," Governor Baldacci said. "Folks should limit travel where possible, stay away from any downed power lines and check in on their neighbors. I know that crews are working hard to restore power as quickly as possible. We can all help them by staying out of their way."

The State of Emergency proclamation will facilitate a waiver from the Federal Department of Transportation to extend the hours of service for electrical workers and allow additional crews from other states to assist with repairs.

 

Contact:

Governor's Office
207-287-3531

 

Last update: 07/20/10