Clearing downed trees and limbs on your own could be highly dangerous due to the possibility that live wires may be tangled within the debris, warns Casey Stevens, Director of the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency. Despite the danger, the LCEMA has been receiving reports that some residents are engaging in this activity instead of waiting for qualified repair crews from Central Maine Power to arrive.
“The CMP crews will arrive, but it may take some time,” Stevens said. “We really encourage residents to wait for the experts instead of taking risks on their own.”
Stevens noted that residents clearing debris from wires won’t expedite power restoration, only place themselves in danger.