'Warming shelters' set up as state digs out from two feet of snow
The Associated Press,
PORTLAND, Maine - Utility crews reinforced with line workers from out-of-state were making progress Tuesday in restoring electricity to 72,000 homes and businesses left in the dark by a wind-whipped storm that dumped two feet of snow in parts of Maine.
Roughly half of the more than 140,000 people who were without power at the
The wet, heavy snow snapped tree limbs, power lines and utility poles.
The Maine Emergency Management Agency said about 15 warming shelters had been set up around the state. Bangor Hydro Electric urged residents who lacked power to prepare for the possibility that it might not be restored until Wednesday.
Lows for early Tuesday were forecast in the single digits in northern
Gov. John Baldacci declared a state of emergency extending the hours that power crews can work to restore electricity.
Heavy snow fell across most of
"We're having a hell of a time right now," said Larry Dodge, a Vermont Transportation Agency dispatcher.
Several thousand customers in eastern
Hundreds of schools canceled in
The deepest snowfall was in the northern
"It took just as long to shovel it out as the last time and we're still waiting for spring," Haley said during a break from work. "We've had enough."
Christmas tree farm buried
About 15 miles away, the snow piled up so fast that some of the 100,000 Christmas trees grown at the Finest Kind farm disappeared from view.
"The little ones are just barely peeking up through the drifts," owner Jim LaCasce said of the 3- to 4-foot trees.
Ski areas were mostly thrilled with the latest storm. But the storm wasn't all good news at the Sugarbush ski area in
"We're crying into our Gore-Tex today," Toland said Monday. "We'll be smiling ear to ear tomorrow."
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