For Immediate Release
November 1, 2019
Contact: Thomas Higgins, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director
(207) 992-4701 (office)
(207) 852-5142 (cell)
Crews Continuing to Work on Restoring Power in Bangor Following Powerful Wind Storm
BANGOR, MAINE – Crews from Emera Maine are continuing to work on restoring power to approximately 4,500 customers in Bangor, following the damaging high winds and rain overnight. Currently most of the repairs are still focused on transmission lines, which supply power to the city’s circuits. Once all the transmission lines are repaired, work can continue on any damaged circuits and individual service lines. Additional crews are making their way to Bangor and will continue to work into the evening, as well as tomorrow, to ensure that service throughout the city is restored.
Those residents and businesses currently without power should be prepared to go through the night without power. Temperatures will cool off into the evening and early hours of the morning; be prepared with adequate blankets and necessary supplies, and check on neighbors who may need assistance. If you are operating a generator, make sure it is used/installed properly with at least 20’ of clearance between any doors, windows, or vents to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Check and make sure your battery-powered and battery backup smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have new batteries and are operational.
Bangor Parks & Recreation at 647 Main Street will offer hot showers and charging stations until 9:00pm tonight for those who need either or both. Bring your own towel and supplies.
If there’s been damage to the electrical service to your house, make sure you contact a certified electrician to fix the connection before Emera can restore power.
The City will reevaluate needs in the morning and provide additional updates and information on social media.
The City of Bangor, Maine is a service center community of 33,039 residents and is the county seat of Penobscot County. Bangor is the major commercial and cultural center for much of northern and eastern Maine. The City is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. For information on City projects and news, see www.bangormaine.gov.