An Emera Maine lineman. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Outage leaves a chill

BAR HARBOR — A planned power outage for system maintenance that affected some Emera Maine customers in Bar Harbor was supposed to stretch for three hours Monday morning, but it stretched all day for some.

Outside temperatures were relatively warm, but the outage lasted long enough for houses to get cold. An ambulance was dispatched for a well-being check on one elderly resident with no heat.

“Crews were transferring a line over to a new [regulator] platform” – where voltage transmitted by lines is altered – “and we needed to de-energize the distribution line to do the work safely,” Emera spokesperson Judy Long said.

On Dec. 11, Emera released a statement saying that customers on Schooner Head Road, Sol’s Cliff Road, Lily Way, Linden Lane, Seely Road, Windstar Lane, Paluga Lane, Compass Harbor Lane and Old Farm Road would be without power from 8 a.m. for approximately three hours.

The outage affected 95 customers at its peak.

Long said that the work was halted because of snowy conditions. She said power was restored around 3:30 p.m., but Emera’s online outage map showed two outages in Bar Harbor that were restored at around 6 p.m.

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and a former Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
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