Blog :: 08-2011

Hurricane Irene, The Final Chapter

A small section of Center Lovell, where the telephone pole was hovering over the street, was restored last night. That provided hope for today. Except there was still an absence of utility trucks around town during the early part of the day. Until around noon. I heard that Slab City Road was up and running. Then Eastman Hill. As I was leaving the office around 6:30, a Christian Hill resident with the biggest smile, told me that their power came back. Then, on the way home on West Lovell Road there where several utility trucks, from New Brunswick, Canada, and they were stringing wires. I thought maybe, just maybe, I would be able to watch the Red Sox-Yankee game.

Well, at 7:30 pm, while I was outside picking up loose branches, I looked inside the living room window and the floor lamp was on!

It is my understanding that the Rudy Vallee line will be restored tomorrow, no later than Friday. It looks like most of the town has had their power restored. I don't believe anyone was happy to be without electricity for such an extended period of time. However, most folks, residents and vacationers, took it in stride knowing that they couldn't do anything about it and were understanding as they realized just how extensive the damage was throughout the region.

To all of the Central Maine Power workers and their utility "cousins" from Canada--THANK YOU!

Hurricane Irene, The Final Chapter

A small section of Center Lovell, where the telephone pole was hovering over the street, was restored last night. That provided hope for today. Except there was still an absence of utility trucks around town during the early part of the day. Until around noon. I heard that Slab City Road was up and running. Then Eastman Hill. As I was leaving the office around 6:30, a Christian Hill resident with the biggest smile, told me that their power came back. Then, on the way home on West Lovell Road there where several utility trucks, from New Brunswick, Canada, and they were stringing wires. I thought maybe, just maybe, I would be able to watch the Red Sox-Yankee game.

Well, at 7:30 pm, while I was outside picking up loose branches, I looked inside the living room window and the floor lamp was on!

It is my understanding that the Rudy Vallee line will be restored tomorrow, no later than Friday. It looks like most of the town has had their power restored. I don't believe anyone was happy to be without electricity for such an extended period of time. However, most folks, residents and vacationers, took it in stride knowing that they couldn't do anything about it and were understanding as they realized just how extensive the damage was throughout the region.

To all of the Central Maine Power workers and their utility "cousins" from Canada--THANK YOU!

Comments

  1. Karen Epranian on

    Happy to hear you're back on electric! Florida crews also headed north some where to help out. It is a good feeling when everyone pulls together. We can surely feel for the victims of this storm. Tropical systems can reek unexpected havoc, even though there was plenty of warning, we are often sadly unprepared.
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      It was a relief to see lights on! I much prefer blizzards--you pretty much know what you are getting.

      Hurricane Irene, Part Three

      More photos from around town--Route 5 in Center Lovell and Slab City Road. No signs of Central Maine Power anywhere so I'm anticipating another two or three days but hoping for sooner!

      Just heard that there will be a FREE Community dinner at the Center Lovell Fire House tonight from 3-6 pm. I'm sure there will be a number of grateful families attending.

      Hurricane Irene, Part Three

      More photos from around town--Route 5 in Center Lovell and Slab City Road. No signs of Central Maine Power anywhere so I'm anticipating another two or three days but hoping for sooner!

      Just heard that there will be a FREE Community dinner at the Center Lovell Fire House tonight from 3-6 pm. I'm sure there will be a number of grateful families attending.

      Hurricane Irene, Part Two

      A beautiful summer day in Lovell. Nothing unusual about that at the end of August except for the hum of generators throughout town. Lovell Village is in good shape (if only I had a shower in the office) but numerous sections of town are without power. Wires and poles were taken down by falling trees. Thankfully, I haven't seen any damaged cars or houses.

      I had the pleasure of driving to Portland at 2 am this morning and on the ride along RT 302 there were many miles where it was clear that there was no power. Even in Westbrook which abuts Portland. And the CMP crews were not seen (understandable since it was still windy, wet and dark). That suggests to me that Lovell and the surrounding areas might not get immediate attention.

      Over the years, one learns quickly that although you may be frustrated with not having power, there is nothing you can do. Except maybe go visit a neighbor who has one of those generators humming!

      P.S. One benefit of being on the road so early in the morning that we got back to Lovell at 5 am--just as Rosie's was opening and were her first patrons of the day!

      Hurricane Irene, Part Two

      A beautiful summer day in Lovell. Nothing unusual about that at the end of August except for the hum of generators throughout town. Lovell Village is in good shape (if only I had a shower in the office) but numerous sections of town are without power. Wires and poles were taken down by falling trees. Thankfully, I haven't seen any damaged cars or houses.

      I had the pleasure of driving to Portland at 2 am this morning and on the ride along RT 302 there were many miles where it was clear that there was no power. Even in Westbrook which abuts Portland. And the CMP crews were not seen (understandable since it was still windy, wet and dark). That suggests to me that Lovell and the surrounding areas might not get immediate attention.

      Over the years, one learns quickly that although you may be frustrated with not having power, there is nothing you can do. Except maybe go visit a neighbor who has one of those generators humming!

      P.S. One benefit of being on the road so early in the morning that we got back to Lovell at 5 am--just as Rosie's was opening and were her first patrons of the day!

      Comments

      1. sweetmeow on

        We've left Maine for 2011 - - about 6 days before Hurricane Irene's arrival. My sister in law was in camp when it hit - but ended up leaving as our (non drinking) water supply (pumped from the lake) and toilets require electricity, and it didn't appear that it would be restored anytime soon. (we have spring water for drinking) It reminded me of our time up there during Hurricane Bob in 1991. We had chemical toilets back then, so we weathered the storm -- and the power outage quite nicely. We live on eastern Long Island, and just had our power restored, so all is well for us here. Our time in camp was magical this year - especially because of my sister's wedding on the 20th. We had a few days of rain, but except for that - we had perfect weather. I've sort of let my blog go, but want to reinstate it - with some Kezar talk. I tried to stop in to see you - but at the time you weren't there, and didn't manage to get back.
        • Stanley Tupaj on

          I'm sorry that I missed you! Next year when you return. I'm glad that you had good weather for the wedding. One can deal with no power for a short period of time but it gets real old after two or three days. There are so many power lines down in the region that the amount of work required is massive, so I find it difficult to complain.

          Hurricane Irene

          Talk about disruption! I was on Milfoil duty at the Narrows Boat Landing from 4-5 pm. Normally, that would be an easy shift but with Irene coming, boats were being taken out of the lake. And as you can see from the photo, the Kezar Lake Marina was very busy pulling boats out to safety. Camps and homes brought their lawn furniture, and anything else that could fly around, inside.

          Our daughter, Anna, is off to China for a one-year trip for language study. She is a participant in the NSLI-Y program and it is her second time traveling to China for study. Her original itinerary had her flying to Washington DC this afternoon. That flight has been cancelled for several days. The program has been trying to reschedule her (and another Maine program participant) on flights at different airports (Providence, Binghamton, Boston) without luck. We have been prepared to drive her to DC since she needs to be there for her Beijing departure on Tuesday afternoon from Dulles. We just received confirmation that she will be flying to DC tomorrow on a 10 am flight. That's the good news. The bad news is that it is from Bradley Airport, near Hartford. It will be a very early morning tomorrow and let's hope that Irene won't have washed out too many roads.

          When all is said and done with Irene and the sun shines again, will the Hurricane have lived up to its endless hype? Not sure but it is good that everyone prepared for it, including the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department. Good luck to everyone!

          Latest weather forecast for western Maine region.

          Photo of Hurricane Irene courtesy of NASA.

          Hurricane Irene

          Talk about disruption! I was on Milfoil duty at the Narrows Boat Landing from 4-5 pm. Normally, that would be an easy shift but with Irene coming, boats were being taken out of the lake. And as you can see from the photo, the Kezar Lake Marina was very busy pulling boats out to safety. Camps and homes brought their lawn furniture, and anything else that could fly around, inside.

          Our daughter, Anna, is off to China for a one-year trip for language study. She is a participant in the NSLI-Y program and it is her second time traveling to China for study. Her original itinerary had her flying to Washington DC this afternoon. That flight has been cancelled for several days. The program has been trying to reschedule her (and another Maine program participant) on flights at different airports (Providence, Binghamton, Boston) without luck. We have been prepared to drive her to DC since she needs to be there for her Beijing departure on Tuesday afternoon from Dulles. We just received confirmation that she will be flying to DC tomorrow on a 10 am flight. That's the good news. The bad news is that it is from Bradley Airport, near Hartford. It will be a very early morning tomorrow and let's hope that Irene won't have washed out too many roads.

          When all is said and done with Irene and the sun shines again, will the Hurricane have lived up to its endless hype? Not sure but it is good that everyone prepared for it, including the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department. Good luck to everyone!

          Latest weather forecast for western Maine region.

          Photo of Hurricane Irene courtesy of NASA.

          2011 New England Patriots Schedule Magnet

          With the rich ballplayers and the richer owners fighting each other over how to share their ever-increasing pot of gold, I wasn't sure if the 2011 Schedule Magnet was going to be printed. As we all know, peace broke out, training camps opened, the pre-season games started so the magnets were ordered.

          I will be sending some through the mail but call me at the office or send an e-mail if you would like a magnet. I also have them at the office and Rosie's Lovell Village Store.

          2011 New England Patriots Schedule Magnet

          With the rich ballplayers and the richer owners fighting each other over how to share their ever-increasing pot of gold, I wasn't sure if the 2011 Schedule Magnet was going to be printed. As we all know, peace broke out, training camps opened, the pre-season games started so the magnets were ordered.

          I will be sending some through the mail but call me at the office or send an e-mail if you would like a magnet. I also have them at the office and Rosie's Lovell Village Store.