Clean-up Underway on Maine Island Hit by Powerful Storm - NECN

Clean-up Underway on Maine Island Hit by Powerful Storm



    Clean-up underway on Maine island hit by powerful storm

    Powerful winds uprooted trees, downed power lines on Isleboro in Penobscot Bay (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN: Marnie MacLean) - The chain saws are buzzing on an island off the coast of Maine.  

    Isleboro is a narrow 14 mile island in Penobscot Bay, and residents there were taken by surprise Wednesday night when a powerful storm hit the island and left a huge mess in it's wake.  

    Firefighter Randy Pendleton says, "This will be months cleaning up after this, it's unprecedented. No one has seen anything like this happen."

    Powerful winds tore through the Southern half of the island uprooting big trees in a wide path. One tree crashed into the roof of a vacant house, another landed on a car. The entire island lost power and nearly every road in the southern section of the island was blocked by trees and downed lines.

    Firefighters and first responders on the island spent hours clearing a narrow path to the ferry. It was just enough space to bring in utility trucks and tree crews to begin the task of clearing trees and  replacing downed lines.

    Power was restored to most homes within 24 hours. Many of the houses in that part of the island belong to summer residents and thankfully no one was injured.