Wednesday, 03 January 2018 17:21

Preparing for the first blizzard of 2018 Featured

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BANGOR - City workers are hurriedly clearing some more space, a week and a half after a Christmas storm, as the first blizzard of 2018 is shaping up to be a rough one.

 The storm could bring the snow accumulation from Christmas day, and also wind gusts up to 44 miles per hour, rivaling the winds from late October that killed power to nearly half a million meters statewide.

 

"We feel that we did the best that we could given the fact that it was - if not the biggest outage in company history - then it was hot on the heels of the ice storm of '98," Emera spokesman Bob Potts said.

 

The power company was out at all hours of the night restoring power in October, but still received complaints from residents who say they should have been turned back on days before they were. Potts says they're prepared, and they always have been.

 

"We have actually doubled the number of line crews that we're planning to bring in to be on standby for this storm," Potts noted. In all, 80 Emera crews will be on standby as the heavy clouds roll in.

 

On the city side of things, Bangor Public Works will have 42 plow drivers canvassing well over 300 miles of city streets during the storm.

 

"Visibility is supposed to be extremely difficult," Public Works Director Dana Wardwell said. "If you don't have to be on the roads, it's advised to stay home."

 

And as we watch the snow quickly turn to ice on the trees and remember the October wind, it might actually bring us luck.

 

"If the gods smile on us, some of those smaller more vulnerable trees have already been taken out in the October storm," Potts added. "And we're left now with the hearty ones. That would bode well for the electrical system."

 

We'll keep our fingers crossed.

 

 

David Guildford

Weekend Anchor/Reporter
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David joined the news team in March of 2017. First and foremost he is a proud Mainer. Before reporting for ABC7 and FOX22, he interned at WLBZ2 in Bangor, and attended the University of Maine's journalism program.

David was raised in the western Maine foothills, and has been a lifelong viewer of local Maine news. He hopes to bring this perspective to telling the stories of folks in the community.

When not on the job, David enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, spending time at the family camp on Branch Lake, and playing slow-pitch softball with the other Bangor gym class heroes.