AUGUSTA — A second team of volunteer electrical workers organized by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will help reattach damaged entrance service cables on local residences in various areas of Maine this weekend, U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe announced Friday. Local 567 of the IBEW had previously organized volunteer efforts for residents of Androscoggin County and the Bridgton area.
On Friday, IBEW locals extended the offer to residents of Kennebec, Somerset, Knox, Penobscot, Washington, Waldo and Hancock counties, served by more than 50 members of Local 1253 in an effort to prepare homes for reconnection of entrance service cables.
“Many homeowners have had meter boxes and service entrance cables pulled from their homes by heavy ice and tree limbs. Power company crews cannot hook up customers whose service entrances are damaged and dangerous,” said Snowe.
IBEW and power officials need to know the homeowner’s name, power company account number, property location and local phone number in order to provide free service, which will occur on Saturday and Sunday.
IBEW will provide assistance on a triage basis, targeting the most critical homes first, and will prepare as many homes as possible to receive power given available workers and time over the two-day period. Residents demonstrating the most critical need will receive the first attention.
Residents in Kennebec County should call Emergency Management Agency dispatch at 623-8407.
Residents in Somerset and Knox counties should call Sen. Snowe’s Augusta office at 622-8292.
Residents in Penobscot, Washington, Waldo and Hancock counties should call Local 1253 Business Office at 623-9158 or Sen. Snowe’s Bangor office 945-0432.
Residents in Androscoggin County should call emergency dispatch at 784-0147.
Residents in the Bridgton area should call emergency dispatch at 647-8814.
For more information, call Sen. Snowe’s Augusta office or dial 1-800-432-1599.