Gov. John Baldacci and Central
Maine Power Co. President Sara Burns say it could be well into next
week before power is fully restored in Maine.
Baldacci and Burns met with police, fire and other officials at
a South Portland fire station Saturday morning to discuss
Baldacci said the storm is ":kind of a mini version": of the
epic ice storm of 1998. A decade ago, the storm was a statewide
event with rural areas particularly hard hit: more than 700,000
people were without power.
This time, the storm was concentrated in the more heavily
populated areas of southern, central and coastal Maine. At the
peak, an estimated 550,000 people didn’t have electricity.
As of Saturday morning, 172,000 homes and businesses in CMP’s
service area are without power. Burns says the goal is to bring
that number down to 100,000 by day’s end.
She says utility crews from Michigan, New York, New Brunswick
and Nova Scotia are on their way to help with the effort.