Ice storm causes power outages, slippery driving conditions

4,900 homes in Waldo County without power
By Dwight Collins | Dec 23, 2013
Photo by: Dwight Collins Trees are covered with ice at the boat launch on Route 52 in Camden. Emergency and town crews have been working around the clock to keep roads clear and the power on.

Camden — Effects of the recent ice storm are still being felt along the Midcoast and while some residents have been lucky enough to not lose power, nearly 5,100 homes in Knox and Waldo County are without power.

As of 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, Waldo County has been the hardest hit with 4,900 homes reporting power outages, compared to just 250 in Knox County, according to the Central Maine Power website.

Areas closest to the coast have seen mostly rain with freezing rain Saturday night into Sunday, while towns further west have seen almost a half-inch of ice. Icing is expected to continue through Monday with the weather clearing out early Tuesday morning.

CMP urges users to report a power by contacting them at 1-800-696-1000. CMP’s telephone system automatically creates a work order and dispatches crews to the outage location.

Experts recommend when using an emergency heating source, like a wood stove, fireplace, or kerosene heater, keep fuels away from the flames and be sure to ventilate properly. Never use grills or camp stoves indoors — they can give off dangerous gases.

Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible.

With temperatures in the upper 20’s, sleet, rain and freezing rain makes for slippery going and, according to Doug Merrill of All Directions Recovery and Towing, Route 17 is starting become slick for the first time during the storm.

“Roads are not great,” Merrill said. “In the last hour the slush is starting to build on Route 17, which has been clear to this point. Trees are down all over the place, so if you don’t have to go anywhere please stay home.”

"Our residents have for the most part had the good sense to stay off the roads," said Ray Sisk, in a press release Dec. 22. He reported the Department of Transportation and local public works crews did a good job in keeping the roads passable.

At noon Dec. 23, Knox County Sheriff's Office was informed that Route 17 just east of Peaslee's Quick Stop in Jefferson was going to be closed for a couple hours due to road conditions, according to Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.

Trees and wires are being reported to both regional dispatch centers in both Knox and Waldo Counties, including the towns of Appleton, Washington, Hope, Camden and Lincolnville.

Despite the slippery conditions, local law enforcement agencies report a small number of motor vehicle crashes during the storm, mostly involving leaving the road due to slippery conditions and property damage.


A truck travels toward Camden on Route 52, while ice covered trees bend across the road Dec. 23. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Trees lean out over the road due to ice in Camden, during an ice storm that is currently hitting the state. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
At the intersection of Routes 1 and 105 in Camden, warmer temperatures caused less icing in town then just 2 miles inland. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
A tree branch on a power line on the Greenacre Road in Lincolnville snapped off due to the ice during the storm that has blanked the Midcoast Dec. 22 and 23. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Street signs covered in ice at the corner of Greenacre and Tucker Brook Roads in Lincolnville Monday, Dec. 23. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Icy branches reach out into the road on Barnestown Road in Hope Monday, Dec.23. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Vinal Street in Rockport has heavy ice on the trees and roads Monday, Dec. 23. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Camden Public Works clears snow from Mechanic Street during a lull in the ice storm that hit the Midcoast Dec. 22 and 23. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Two individuals braved the ice storm Dec. 23 to do a little fishing on Maces Pond in Rockport. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
This little horse did not seem to mind all the crackling of ice as it formed around its fencing Dec. 23 on Cole Road in Union. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
An icy greeting awaits visitors to Owls Head along Ingraham's Hill on Route 1 following the ice storm Dec. 23. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Laden with ice, these branches began a downward trend Dec. 23 on Gurney Road in Rockville. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Central Maine Power crews were ever present during the ice storm Dec. 23. Here they refuel and regroup at the intersection of East Route 17 and 220 in Washington. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Steven and Susan Clark | Dec 24, 2013 09:22

Thank you CMP...Be safe


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