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WMECo Crews Head to Maine to Help with Power Outages

(AP Photo/Joel Page)

(AP Photo/Joel Page)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The ice storm that hit Maine over the weekend has left thousands of residents without power and WMECo is responding to help.

Western Massachusetts Electric Company spokesperson Priscilla Ress reports they sent 20 employees Tuesday to Maine to assist in getting the power restored.

It’s estimated that about 100,000 customers across Maine are still without power.

According to Ress, the WMECo team, which includes line-workers and field supervisors, will be assisting Central Maine Power. They’re reporting more than 85,000 customers without power as of noon today.

According to Central Maine Power, “Ice as much as an inch thick has coated tree branches, power lines, and roads, making travel difficult and causing power interruptions. Androscoggin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, and Waldo Counties are the hardest hit.”

The WMECo crews are expected to arrive late Tuesday at their initial deployment location in Augusta.




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