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STORM SUMMARY: Power Outages Creating Emergency Conditions
December 24, 2013
Although the winter ice storm that has hung over Maine for three days has departed, it has left behind over 100,000 power outages. With today's cold temperatures, little melting will occur, and increased winds may bring down more tree limbs and power lines.
Power utilities are applying all of their own and mutual aid resources to restoration, but caution that in some areas, power may be off into Christmas, and perhaps for several days. The hardest hit areas include Hancock, Washington, Waldo, Knox, Penobscot, Kennebec and Androscoggin Counties.
Emergency shelters and warming centers are being set up across these counties. A link to the continuously updated list is available on the Maine Prepares and [MEMA websites], and is at: http://www.maine.gov/mema/mema_masscare.shtml Individuals may also call 211 (toll-free) to learn of shelter locations and referrals to other emergency resources. Also check with local officials if you feel there is a need for a warming center or shelter in your community.
Governor Paul R. LePage announced earlier today that the State of Emergency he declared on December 21 is still in effect, which ensures that all State resources would be available to assist affected communities.
“After assuring that your family is safe, check in on friends and neighbors who may need assistance,” Governor LePage said. “Neighbors helping neighbors save lives. Please share safety information with those who might not have received it.”
State Police are reminding motorists that many intersections with traffic lights are without power and that is will be an increasing concern as we lose daylight.
Emergency responders in the hardest hit areas are reporting what appears to be an increase in carbon monoxide poisoning cases. The Maine CDC continues to join MEMA in cautioning extreme care in the use of emergency generators.
Generators should be used only outdoors, at least 15 feet away from any windows or doors.
The CDC also reminds Mainers that if their refrigerators or freezers are out of power for a length of time, some foods may not be safe to eat.
Some general guidelines:
As the power outages and road clean-up continue, there are numerous safety hazards:
For more help and information:
Contact:State EOC/Public Information
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