(NECN: Amy Sinclair, Augusta, Maine) – Freezing rain fell overnight into Sunday in many parts of northern New England, including in Augusta, Maine.
There was about a quarter inch of ice surrounding tree branches in Augusta. More damage is occurring in other parts of the state, like Bangor, where a half inch of ice has accumulated and thousands of power outages have been reported.
Maine power companies have all of their crews, in addition to crews from Canada, working to restore power.
Lynnette Miller is a spokesperson for the Maine Emergency Management Agency.
“Well, we are activating the state of emergency response center this morning- the State Emergency Operations Center- bringing in our state emergency response team, including the American Red Cross. They’re fully prepared to stand up shelters, should that be needed,” Miller said.
She also said that her agency is in contact with the Maine State Police and the Department of Transportation to have the most up-to-date information on the roads, in addition to power utilities and the National Weather Service.
She concluded by reminding residents that generators should be running outside, at least fifteen feet away from any door or window.