BANGOR, Maine — Four days after last weekend’s snowstorm, thousands of Mainers remained without power Thursday.
Emera Maine and Central Maine Power crews, however, have been making significant progress.
Emera Maine reported Thursday night that about 3,150 of its customers were without power, while electricity had been restored to more than 55,000 customers since the storm’s peak. The company also replaced about 80 broken utility poles.
Extensive damage in Hancock County has slowed restoration efforts, the company said.
Broken poles blocking roadways and trees toppling onto lines have hampered restoration efforts, but warmer weather has aided the process.
Central Maine Power’s website said Thursday night that 1,703 customers remained without power, down from more than 80,000 on Monday.
The remaining CMP outages are affecting very small customer groups, hard-to-reach locations, seasonal homes and islands, the company said.
The majority of Emera Maine customers in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties were expected to have power restored by the end of the day Thursday, while those in Hancock County are expected to regain service by the end of the day Friday.
As Emera Maine crews worked to wrap up restoration efforts from Sunday’s hard-hitting early fall storm, the company’s Storm Response Team was planning ahead for another storm making its way to the area.
All circuits affected in Penobscot County have crews working on them and were expected to be restored Thursday night. Hancock County customers are expected to have power by the end of the day Friday.
Crews being released from other areas are being redeployed to Hancock County, where it will be all hands on deck until power is restored to all customers.