December 26, 2013

Central Maine Power says outages will be down to 30,000 by end of night

CMP with help from out of state crews restores power to some on Christmas, but tens of thousands still lack heat on holiday and snow is predicted for Thursday.

By Matthew Hongoltz-hetling
Staff Writer

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Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans STORM RECOVERY: Chris Devine, center, hauls a sled of gifts with his daughter Jordan, 11, left, and step-son Derek Gervais, 20, right, to their home on Maplehurst Lane in Belgrade on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. The Devine's lost power on Monday and haul their supplies in on sled. Trees and power line are down on both sides of their driveway, luckily they weren't home when the trees fell affording them the opportunity to drive to town for gas and other essentials for life off the grid.

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Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans STORM RECOVERY: Jordan Devine, right, adjust gifts n a sled hauled by her father Chris, as her step-brother Derek Gervais, rear, carries a a tank of gas on Maplehurst Lane in Belgrade on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. The Devine's lost power on Monday and haul their supplies in on sled. Trees and power line are down on both sides of their driveway, luckily they weren't home when the trees fell affording them the opportunity to drive to town for gas and other essentials for life off the grid.

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Ice storm shelters

Ice Storm Shelter Status

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, 28 shelters statewide have announced their openings:

Androscoggin: Lewiston High School:. American Red Cross emergency shelter, Lewiston, 1114 9th Avenue. Opening 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Androscoggin: Oak Hill Middle School: Community shelter, Wales, 40 Ballpark Road. Opening 5 p.m. Tuesday, for pet-friendly, overnight stays. Bring bedding, cots and nonperishable food for your own consumption.

Androscoggin: Wales Town Office/Fire Station: Warming center, Wales, 175 Centre Road. Residents needing a place to warm up may contact the town at 207-212-2879 and someone will meet them there to open the shelter.

Hancock: Bar Habor Fire Station: Warming center, Bar Harbor, 37 Firefly Lane. Open indefinitely.

Hancock: Blue Town Hill Office: Warming center, Blue Hill, 18 Union Street.

Hancock: Brooklin Fire Department: Warming center, Brooklin, 25 Bay Road.

Hancock: Brooksville Fire Department: Warming center, Brooksville, 2199 Coastal Road.

Hancock: Miles Lane School: Warming Shelter, Bucksport, 100 Miles Lane.

Hancock: Ellsworth Midle School: Emergency Shelter, Ellsworth, 20 Forrest Avenue.

Hancock: Hancock Congregational Church: Warming center, Hancock, 1368 Route 1. Opening 11 A.M.; closing TBD

Hancock: Orland Fire Department Warming Center: Warming center, Orland, 91 School House Road. Opening 11 A.M.; Closing TBD

Hancock: Sullivan-Sorrento Recreation Center: Warming center, Sullivan, 1776 Route 1. Opening 11 a.m.; closing TBD

Kennebec: Augusta Civic Center: American Red Cross emergency shelter, Augusta, 76 Community Dr. Opening 5 p.m.; open until power back on. Shelter providing meals, blankets, and cots, while people must provide own pillows, sheets, medications. Pet-friendly, with owners are responsible for pets feeding and walking. Bring cages if available.

Kennebec: Helen Thompson Elementary School: Warming center, West Gardiner, 309 Spears Corner Road. Open today from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Kennebec: Winthrop Ambulance Base: Warming center, Winthrop, 31 Old Western Ave. (Old Winthrop Health Center). Open today from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Kennebec: Faith Christian Church: Warming center, Gardiner, 280 Brunswick Ave. Kitchen, shower and bathrooms are available. Opening today at 3 p.m.

Knox: Hope Fire Station: Warming Center, Hope, 475 Camden Road.

Lincoln: Alna Fire Department: Warming shelter, Alna, Route 218. Mainly warming shelter, but will accept overnights. Bring cot, bedding, medications, personal items, and food for your own consumption. It will remain open throughout the duration of the power outages for Alna.

Lincoln: Dresden Fire Department: Warming center, Dresden, 100 Patterson Road. Will remain open throughout the duration of the power outages for Dresden.

Lincoln: Faith Baptist Church: Warming center, Newcastle, Mills Road. Will remain open as long as there is a need.

Lincoln: Wiscasset Fire Department: Warming Center, Wiscasset, Route 1. Will remain open throughout the duration of the power outages for Wiscasset.

Penobscot: Brewer Municipal Auditorium: Emergency Shelter, Brewer, 203 State Street

Penobscot: Newburgh Community Shelter: 2220 Western Avenue. Emergency shelter, pet shelter (bring food, cages if available). Cots and food available, bring own blankets, personal items, medications. Will stay open as long as needed.

Waldo: Troy Howard Middle School: Emergency Shelter, Pet Shelter, Belfast, 173 Lincolnville Avenue

Waldo: Isleboro Community Center: Warming center, Isleboro, 103 Pendleton Point Road.

Washington: Washington County Community College: Emergency Shelter, Calais, 1 College Drive

Generator safety

The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) safety factors for running generators.

Place generators outdoors in the fresh air

Make a plan for how to keep your generator dry and protected from ice and snow so you are not tempted to bring it inside a garage or other enclosed structure. Generators also pose a risk of shock and electrocution, especially in wet conditions. Dry your hands before touching a generator.

Ensure the generator is at least 15 feet away from home windows or doors

Ensure the generator is not placed in an enclosed or semi-enclosed space (such as basement, cellar bulkhead, attached garage) where carbon monoxide can build up to dangerous levels.

Use kerosene heaters in a well ventilated room, by either keeping doors to other rooms open or keeping a window partially open (at least 1 inch)

Use only K-1 grade fuel in kerosene heaters. Follow instructions for setting the wick height.

Do not use outdoor cooking devices indoors such as gas or charcoal grills or gas camp stoves.

Do not use indoor gas cooking stoves for heat.

Miller also reminded people to use caution when firing up generators, to watch out for traffic lights that may not be working properly and to be mindful of food that may have spoiled during the outage.

People from various sectors of the community pulled together to mitigate the effects of the storm.

Larry Jensen, the pastor at St. Joseph Maronite Church in Waterville, said he knew of several parishioners who had left their homes to check on neighbors or other church members they thought might need help.

He said no one was found in distress during the checks.

At Inland Hospital in Waterville, Dr. Simon Gibbs said that before patients were released, the hospital was checking on whether they had power at home.

“No one wants to go through a surgery and then go home to a cold house,” he said.

In China, where Central Maine Power reported that nearly all of its 2,555 customers were without power late Tuesday morning, Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux said the town was prepared to provide warm shelter for those who might be frozen out of their home with nowhere to go.

“We will keep them warm,” he said.

Those who call the town office will be referred to the China Baptist Church, which is being heated with a generator. There were numerous reports of people using alternative heating systems, such as wood stoves, or emergency generators as backup systems.

“People are being very creative and self-reliant at this point,” he said.

Town crews were also responding to reports of downed trees and branches blocking the town’s roads.

Wednesday night, The Senator restaurant in Augusta opened its doors to 750 linemen from CMP and out of state for a meal hosting by CMP.

The restaurant is normally closed on Christmas.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling — 861-9287 mhhetling@centralmaine.com Twitter: @hh_matt
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Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans STORM RECOVERY: Chris Devine, far right, hauls a sled of gifts with his daughter Jordan, 11, and step son Derek Gervais, 20, far left, carrying gas for the generator on Maplehurst Lane in Belgrade on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. The Devine's lost power on Monday and haul their supplies in on sled. Trees and power lines are down on both sides of their driveway essentially making it impossible to drive in. Luckily they weren't home when the trees fell during the storm affording them the opportunity to drive to town for gas and other essentials for life off the grid.

  


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