Fewer than 400 households were still without power Tuesday night since a widespread rainstorm a week ago knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of residents throughout Maine.

Central Maine Power’s website showed 353 households were still without power just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. Earlier in the day, about 1,000 households were out, most of them in the Harpswell area. The remainder were in towns in Lincoln County, according to CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice.

Emera Maine was reporting 109 outages in its service area earlier Tuesday, down from a high of 90,000 at the peak of the storm. By 8 p.m., there were only six customers without power, according to its website.

Rice said the numbers will continue to fluctuate, as crews may have to cut power to a wider area to make repairs to smaller pockets of customers. Rice said CMP is also seeing a few new outages, some as recently as Tuesday morning.

The storm, which rolled through Maine on Oct. 29, knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses. CMP outages peaked Oct. 30, with more than 405,000 customers without power. Combined with Emera Maine, which serves the northern part of the state, outages peaked at 484,000 customers.

Maine officials said they plan to seek a federal disaster declaration in the wake of the powerful wind and rainstorm. State emergency management officials are continuing to gather data to support the request for money that could help home and business owners cover their expenses from storm damage.


Federal assistance could help Mainers pay expenses not covered by their insurance policies. Additionally, the state Bureau of Insurance issued this advice for homeowners affected by the storm:

 Move quickly to contact your insurance company and report your loss.

Take notes. When contacting the insurance company or agent, keep a record of the people you spoke to, when the conversation occurred and summarize the discussion. Ask questions if you do not understand instructions. If possible, photograph the damaged property.

Expedite access to damaged areas. If possible, remove items or debris that will hinder the adjuster’s access and ability to complete the examination of the property.

Wait for the adjuster to arrive. Do not permanently repair your damaged property without first getting instructions from your adjuster. Usually the adjuster will need to visually inspect the damage before repairs are made. Do not throw away damaged property until your adjuster says it’s OK to do so and make only temporary repairs until an adjuster looks at the damage. Making permanent repairs before the adjuster’s inspection could trigger a denial.

For the future, the bureau advised making an inventory of personal property and storing it someplace safe. It also suggested reviewing policies to ensure adequate coverage. More information and resources are available at maine.gov/insurance.

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