Power outage hits towns across Aroostook

AROOSTOOK COUNTY – According to numerous reports, several towns across Aroostook County lost power for approximately 30 minutes on Friday afternoon, July 7.

Hazard sign by for Fiddlehead Focus.

Hazard sign by for Fiddlehead Focus.

Spokesperson for Emera Maine, Allison Gray, said the utility company dispatched crews to determine what is impacting a transmission line in Aroostook County.

The disruption affected thousands of customers from many towns including Fort Kent, Frenchville, Madawaska, Caribou, Connor, Cyr Plantation, New Sweden, Perham, Stockholm, Westmanland, Woodland, and several townships.

Gray said, “At this time all customers have been restored. Crews are still investigating the cause. As we evaluated the system to ensure we could bring customers back online safely, customers in Fort Kent and Madawaska were among the first restored.”

Gray added that the crews may never know the cause. “If a tree fell and grounded a line temporarily, but then fell off the line, crews wouldn’t necessarily be able to know when the tree fell and if it made contact when they arrive on the scene,” she said.

Get the Rest of the Story

Thank you for reading your 4 free articles this month. To continue reading, and support local, rural journalism, please subscribe.