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Emera Maine takes action as May snowstorm approaches

Release Date:  05-08-2020

Bangor and Presque Isle, Maine — With forecasters issuing a winter weather advisory for Mother’s Day weekend, Emera Maine is reminding customers to keep their snow shovels handy and take all necessary steps to prepare with us for possible inclement weather.

“Our storm team is adjusting staffing this weekend to ensure we can safely and efficiently make repairs if wet, heavy snow causes power outages, particularly in the Penobscot Valley and northern Maine, and if winds along the coast cause damage,” said Kendra Overlock, Emera Maine storm manager. “We will continue to monitor the forecast and make changes to our plan as appropriate.”

Emera Maine customers also should take steps to prepare for the spring storm:

  • If your home is equipped with an emergency generator, ensure it is safely installed and operated and that you have fuel in case of a power outage.
  • Have a supply of water and nonperishable food that does not require electricity to prepare.
  • Make sure you have fresh batteries for flashlights.
  • Charge your cellphones and other devices before the storm hits.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • If you have special medical needs, make a plan for what you need to do if you lose power.

With COVID-19 remaining a threat, we strongly advise people not to approach line workers and other personnel in the field. Our team is observing social distancing to stay healthy, keep the public safe and ensure the reliability of the electrical system at this important time.

The public is reminded to NEVER touch a downed power line or a tree in contact with one. It is never safe to move lines out of the way or drive over the top of them. It is not possible to tell if a line is energized simply by looking at it.

Customers can report outages directly through their Online Services account, by using Emera Maine’s online Power Issue Report Form, or by calling our Customer Contact Center at 1-855-363-7211 or 207-973-2000. You may also get the latest outage information by viewing our outage map at emeramaine.com. Follow us on Twitter (@emerame) or on Instagram (emeramaine).

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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 159,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers across 10,400 square miles in five counties in eastern and northern Maine.