BANGOR- With most of Maine in a winter snowstorm warning on Tuesday, utility officials have been on high alert to keep the roads safe and the power on.
“I’ve got all of my crews out, I’ve got all 25 trucks out there plowing the streets, salting hills and intersections, wherever we can, and we’re just going to ride it out just like everybody else,” said Bangor Public Works Director Eric Willett.
“The storm has had much less of an impact on the electrical system, we’ve seen very few outages in our service territory. The outages have been very scattered and affecting a very small number of customers. But regardless we’re out there working to restore services as quickly as possible to any customers that are affected. And we’ll be on alert until the winds die down and the storm ends,” said Judy Long, the Media Communications Specialist at Emera Maine
According to Accuweather’s Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso, in certain areas of the state, winds reached almost 45 miles per hour and almost a foot of snowfall came down.
In light of those conditions, officials warn people to be patient and safe.
“We’re out there, we’ve been out there since 2:30 this morning but we can’t keep up with two inches of snow an hour, so there’s bound to be stuff. So give us some time, make sure to give yourself plenty of time and just be cautious of us, we’re out there,” Willett said.
“I can’t stress how important it is to never get near a down line and to never touch a tree that is leaning on an electrical line. And it’s really important that people get in touch with us to safely mitigate the situation instead of dealing with it themselves,” Long said.