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Governor Declares Emergency to Ensure Power is Maintained


December 11, 2008

2:00 PM


AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci has signed an Emergency Declaration allowing power crews from other states to help restore electricity in the event the current winter storm leads to outages.

The Emergency Declaration was signed at 2 p.m. today to ensure that should the predicted icy mix of precipitation lead to power outages, crews would be able to stay on the road to restore power. The order also gives power companies more flexibility in pre-positioning repair crews.

Governor Baldacci has participated in calls regarding the winter storm that is hitting the State today. He remains in close contact with officials at the Maine Emergency Management Agency.

The Governor encourages people to use caution, report any outages, not to touch any downed power lines, and to look out for one another. “Conditions tonight are likely to get worse as the temperature drops and predicted icing occurs. If possible, people should stay off the roads,” the Governor said. “If you have neighbors who are vulnerable or who could be at risk, check on them.”

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.

The text of the Emergency Declaration follows:

WHEREAS, the State of Maine is experiencing a winter storm that has the potential to leave thousands of Maine homes and businesses without power; and

WHEREAS, power restoration crews may be requested from other states and potentially from Canadian provinces to assist in power restoration; and

WHEREAS, federal rules determine the number of hours the driver of an electrical line repair vehicle may operate; and

WHEREAS, drivers of such vehicles must cease operations when they reach the federal limit on hours of operation, and therefore would have to cease power restoration; and

WHEREAS, these conditions may threaten public health and safety and endanger public property if power cannot be restored to Maine homes and businesses; and

WHEREAS, the declaration of a State of Emergency will facilitate the granting of a waiver from the Federal Department of Transportation, pursuant to 49 CFR part 390.23 to allow relief from 49 CFR parts 390 through 399 subject to the limitations described below, and therefore allow these power crews to operate additional hours and otherwise operate effectively in this situation,

NOW THEREFORE, I, John Elias Baldacci, Governor of the State of Maine, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of Maine, find that these conditions constitute a civil emergency under 37-B M.R.S.A. section 742, and for the purpose pursuant to 49 CFR part 390.23 of facilitating a waiver to Federal Department of Transportation Rules, specifically 49 CFR part 395 Hours of Service of Drivers, do hereby declare that a State of Emergency exists as of December 11, 2008.

John E. Baldacci


Date: December 11, 2008



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