In Maine: IBEW Local 1837
16 Old Winthrop Road
Manchester, ME 04351
Phone: (207) 623-1030, Fax: (207) 621-8384
In New Hampshire:
680 Central Avenue, Suite 201
Dover, NH 03820
Phone: (603) 743-1652, Fax: (603) 743-1654

December Ice Storm Keeps IBEW 1837 Members Busy Restoring Power



 


 

December 16, 2008 - IBEW Local Union 1837 members in New Hampshire and Maine have put in countless hours working to restore electricity to homes and businesses knocked off the grid by a pre-winter blast of destructive ice. From lineworkers to meter readers to substation workers and staffers at call and service centers, our members have been on the front lines of this tremendous effort to restore power to utility customers.

The worst ice storm since 1998 led to hundreds of thousands of power outages in both states. President Bush declared states of emergency in New Hampshire and parts of Maine, allowing the federal government to release relief supplies to assist in the recovery efforts.

In New Hampshire, an astounding 400,000 out of 700,000 power users were blacked out at the peak on Friday, December 12 – about 90% of which were residential users. A large portion of the state felt the full force of this weather system, with widespread damage and nearly impassable roads complicating the recovery effort. As some residents were warned it could be two weeks before their service was restored, some of those who had regained power were experiencing new outages due to “spring-backs.” These occur when some tree branches thaw in warmer weather and spring back, knocking out power lines.

IBEW 1837 members at Unitil, the New England Electric Co-op, and Public Service Company of New Hampshire continued to put in long hours to restore power to customers while state officials warned residents against the use of unsafe heating sources. Several people were hospitalized and at least one died in the Granite State after using portable heaters with inadequate ventilation. By Monday, December 15, about 150,000 customers were still without power statewide.


In Maine, York County was the hardest hit area. During the outage peak, 70% of Maine’s southernmost county was blacked out – about 84,000 homes and businesses – according to Central Maine Power. In all, CMP reported 220,000 homes and businesses had been without power in their service area with the majority getting their electricity restored within a few days. Hundreds of line crews and support staff continued to work 17-hour shifts while shelters offered a warm place to stay for residents anxious to get back in their homes.

All of us at IBEW Local Union 1837 salute our members and all those involved in the restoration process as they continue their work.
 

 

 

 

December 16, 2008 - IBEW Local Union 1837 members in New Hampshire and Maine have put in countless hours working to restore electricity to homes and businesses knocked off the grid by a pre-winter blast of destructive ice. From lineworkers to meter readers to substation workers and staffers at call and service centers, our members have been on the front lines of this tremendous effort to restore power to utility customers.

The worst ice storm since 1998 led to hundreds of thousands of power outages in both states. President Bush declared states of emergency in New Hampshire and parts of Maine, allowing the federal government to release relief supplies to assist in the recovery efforts.

In New Hampshire, an astounding 400,000 out of 700,000 power users were blacked out at the peak on Friday, December 12 – about 90% of which were residential users. A large portion of the state felt the full force of this weather system, with widespread damage and nearly impassable roads complicating the recovery effort. As some residents were warned it could be two weeks before their service was restored, some of those who had regained power were experiencing new outages due to “spring-backs.” These occur when some tree branches thaw in warmer weather and spring back, knocking out power lines.

IBEW 1837 members at Unitil, the New England Electric Co-op, and Public Service Company of New Hampshire continued to put in long hours to restore power to customers while state officials warned residents against the use of unsafe heating sources. Several people were hospitalized and at least one died in the Granite State after using portable heaters with inadequate ventilation. By Monday, December 15, about 150,000 customers were still without power statewide.

In Maine, York County was the hardest hit area. During the outage peak, 70% of Maine’s southernmost county was blacked out – about 84,000 homes and businesses – according to Central Maine Power. In all, CMP reported 220,000 homes and businesses had been without power in their service area with the majority getting their electricity restored within a few days. Hundreds of line crews and support staff continued to work 17-hour shifts while shelters offered a warm place to stay for residents anxious to get back in their homes.

All of us at IBEW Local Union 1837 salute our members and all those involved in the restoration process as they continue their work.