Just after CMP and work crews from out of state have restored the vast majority of power to the over 123,000 customers that had lost it to the ice storm last weekend, more heavy, wet snow is heading towards Maine.
The Ice Storm of 2013 resulted into over 100,000 CMP and Bangor Hydro customers to be without power, many for more than a few days. Work crews from CMP and Bangor Hydro and many work crews from out of state have been working around the clock to restore the power.
As I was walking ShadowDog Christmas Eve around 6pm, I heard voices and look over to a near-by parking lot, it was five of the bucket trucks working the Augusta area regrouping and talking to dispatch. Late tonight, a friend of mine who works for CMP as ‘essential personal’ will be coming to my house to catch a few hours of sleep after working part of Christmas Day.
CMP gets big credit from me on ice storm related stuff. They learned many lessons in the Ice Storm of 98. As of about 3am Dec 23, CMP was reporting a total of 226 outages in their total service area. CMP does a great job of letting us know where the outages are. Check out the CMP Outage Information page right here.
I have been lucky, other that a little dip in my power here and there, no problems. But I just check the Central Maine Power Company website and WOW a lot of Mainers are without power today. Most of those without power right now are in Somerset and Kennebec county.
The new independent study found that radio frequency emissions from Central Maine Power’s Smart Meters have levels of exposure that are lower that what the Federal Communications Commission say are safe! But, that is of little comfort to those who have concerns over the smart meters' safety concerns.