AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage will visit areas damaged by Tropical Storm Irene by helicopter Monday morning and was planning stops in Carrabassett Valley and Rumford, according to a release issued by his office.
LePage was planning to leave Augusta for an aerial view of the damage at 9 a.m.
In the Carrabassett Valley area, two bridges remain closed indefinitely on Route 27; in Phillips and Rumford roads are closed due to major flooding.
LePage was at the state's Emergency Operations Center at the Maine Emergency Management Agency early Monday as state officials briefed him about damage and discussed potential safety and economic issues related to Tropical Storm Irene.
Power outages continue to leave Mainers without power, and shelters have opened in communities across the state, the release stated.
Citizens seeking alternate shelter should call 2-1-1 for information on the facility nearest to them. As of 6 a.m. approximately 170,347 Central Maine Power meter outages and 28,113 Bangor Hydro outages were reported, the release stated.
LePage also urged residents to avoid unnecessary travel and to check for road closures before heading out Monday.