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Emera Maine makes preparations for weekend winter storm


Release Date:  01-18-2019

Bangor and Presque Isle, Maine — As northern and eastern Maine brace for a winter storm expected to bring wind, snow and ice to the region, Emera Maine is working to ensure resources are in place to safely repair any resulting damage to the electrical system.

In addition to a full complement of internal crews, contract crews and tree crews, Emera Maine is bringing in additional personnel from out-of-state to ensure restoration work is completed as quickly as possible.

“Our storm team will continue to monitor the forecast and make adjustments to ensure we’re ready when the storm lands,” said Nathan Cota, Emera Maine storm manager. “With heavy snow predicted and the possibility of icing in the Down East region, we’re making sure we have equipment in place and staff prepared to respond throughout our service territory.”

With the storm system and extreme cold in the forecast, customers are urged to:

• Get sufficient supplies of food, fuel, batteries and all needed prescriptions.
• Be sure generators and space heaters are properly installed and well ventilated.
• Make a plan for where to shelter if an extended outage prevents safe heating of your home.
• Abide by travel advisories.
• Check on your neighbors.
• NEVER touch a downed power line or a tree in contact with a line.

If you see a downed line or anything that looks unsafe, report it to local authorities and call our Customer Contact Center at 1-855-EMERA-11 (1-855-363-7211) or 207-973-2000. If you require assistance finding shelter, call 211.

Customers can get the latest outage information and view our Live Outage & Restoration Map at emeramaine.com. Outages can be reported online or by calling our Customer Contact Center. Follow @emerame on Twitter for updates.

Emera Maine is committed to delivering safe, reliable electric service. As the state's second-largest electric utility, the company delivers electricity to more than 158,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers across 10,400 square miles in five counties in eastern and northern Maine.