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Bangor prepares for blizzard/warming centers Featured

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Bangor prepares for blizzard/warming centers

BANGOR - City of Bangor Storm Information.

Bangor, Maine: The City of Bangor is closely following the track of a winter storm anticipated to arrive in Bangor on Thursday morning, January 4. The latest forecast indicates the potential for snowfall, 10-18 inches in the Bangor area, with powerful wind gusts up to 40 mph. The immediate threats of this storm include extreme cold, winds, blizzard conditions, power outages and delayed fuel deliveries due to unprecedented demand. City staff have been working closely with state and local partners, including utility companies, in preparation for the storm. To help residents prepare, the City offers the following list of storm preparation tips and information:

Plan for power outages
Check and/or replace all smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries to ensure they work in case the power goes out. Generators must run outside and the public ought to exercise caution when using candles. Those without generators should plan for what they will do in the event of a prolonged power outage.

Warming centers
The designated warming centers are as follows:
Bangor City Hall - open 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Bangor Parks and Recreation - open 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Bangor Police Department - open 24/7
Bangor Fire Stations - open 24/7
If you need assistance getting to a warming center, contact the Bangor Police Department at 207-947-7382.

Emergency shelter
The City will alert the public of any emergency shelters via the City's website (www.bangormaine.gov), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BangorCityHall/), and Twitter page (https://twitter.com/Cityofbangorme). Information will also be posted to local news outlets.

Consider elderly or homebound neighbors
Residents are encouraged to check on elderly or homebound neighbors to make sure they have what they need to stay warm and safe during the storm. City of Bangor emergency personnel are available to make welfare checks. To request a welfare check, please call the Bangor Police Department at 207-947-7382.

Know alternate parking locations during parking bans
Several City parking lots are available for emergency winter storm parking during a parking ban. The following list of parking lots are available for overnight parking during a parking ban, from 5 PM to 7 AM:

Columbia Street Lot
Parking is available below the upper deck of the Columbia Street parking lot

Pancoe Pool Lot

Parking is available at Pancoe Pool, located at 175 Thirteenth Street

Mount Hope Lot
Parking is available off Mount Hope Avenue, in the lot facing Cameron Stadium

Parking Garage
Parking is available on the ground level of the Pickering Square Parking Garage; enter through the Kenduskeag Plaza West.

City offices closed for business
City offices will close for business on Thursday, January 4 at 12 noon. The closure does not affect warming centers; City Hall, though closed for business, will remain open to the public as a warming center until 4:30 PM.

Craig Colson

News Director/Producer/Anchor
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Craig Colson became news director and anchor at WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox Bangor in December of 2012. He began his career in broadcasting in 1985 while working as a news photographer at another Bangor television station. Craig worked his way up through the ranks and became the main anchor for the nightly newscasts before leaving in 2009. At that point, he became news director for four local radio stations and delivered the morning news before taking on his current position.

Craig grew up in a "news family" and followed in the footsteps of his father who was also a news director and anchor. His brother is also a news photographer at a Boston television station.

Craig's career has brought him all over-reporting from everywhere from Washington D.C. to Red Square in Moscow, Russia. When he isn't reporting the news, Craig can be found taking on new adventures with his two daughters or exploring the coast of Maine in his kayak. His other passion is making furniture in his shop or just about anything involving the outdoors.