Sunday, March 9, 2014
From Staff And News Services
AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is asking individuals and business owners who suffered property or business damage or financial losses during the recent ice storm and power outages to call 2-1-1 Maine.
“This is not an application for assistance,” LePage said Wednesday. “We need to know how many people have been impacted, and where they are, in order to assess what kinds of assistance might be available.”
LePage also said people who had damage from fallen trees and other incidents should contact their insurance companies. Typical damages or losses from ice storms and power outages include damage to buildings and vehicles from falling trees and ice, burst pipes, and lost food. If possible, the governor advised, photograph any damages before cleanup or repair, to keep as a record of the loss.
“If you had damages or losses, dial 2-1-1 toll-free, no matter where you live or do business in the state,” he said.
Only one report per household is needed. Those calling 211 should be prepared to give: the name of individual/family affected; county; town; physical address of affected property; current address; contact number and nature of damage. Business owners should estimate dollars, days or other measures of lost revenue.
2-1-1 Maine is a comprehensive statewide directory of over 8,000 health and human services available in Maine. The toll free, 24-hour hotline connects callers to trained call specialists.
The governor also is asking residents to check on their neighbors because bitter-cold temperatures are expected to hang around through the end of the week. He said it’s especially important to make sure those who are vulnerable or elderly, and those who use generators or alternative heaters, are safe as temperatures plunge.
LePage reminded residents about the safe use of generators, which can cause carbon monoxide poisoning when operated improperly. Maine health officials say generators should always be placed outdoors and at least 15 feet away from home windows and doors.
On Wednesday, LePage ended the state of emergency he declared after the ice storm. At the peak, about 120,000 Maine residents were without power. By late Wednesday, Bangor Hydro Electric Co. reported that fewer than two dozen customers were still without power, in Hancock County.