AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage has declared a limited state of emergency for the State of Maine, clearing the way for Canadian power crews to assist state utility crews in the event an on-going blizzard causes wide-spread power outages.
LePage issued the order about 3 p.m. as all state government offices closed for the weekend.
The proclamation waives Federal Department of Transportation rules and extends the hours of service for workers, and allows additional crews from Canada to assist with repairs as needed.
Maine's two largest electric power delivery companies, Bangor Hydro and Central Maine Power, were prepared and ready to respond, LePage said in a statement.
“This effort will allow power crews to restore power in areas that sustain damage," LePage said. “The ability to have electrical service repaired quickly is critical to protect public health and safety of Mainers.”
LePage also urged Mainers to exercise caution and think safety during and after the storm while reassuring them the state was ready.
“It takes a tremendous amount of effort to prepare for and clean-up these winter storms, but we are well-equipped,” LePage said. “I would like to remind Mainers to stay clear of downed power lines and take the proper precautions when operating generators. Stay safe during and after the storm.”