October 31, 2012

‘We got ... pretty lucky’

The power is still out for some Maine residents, but the state escaped the fatalities and damage many other states suffered.

From staff reports

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The remnants of superstorm Sandy were still kicking up substantial surf Tuesday, including at this jetty on Wells Beach.

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Neighbors observe and take photos of a tree that fell across Methodist Road in Westbrook. On Route 88 in Falmouth, which was closed at Depot Road, crews from Time Warner Cable and CMP repaired equipment after a huge tree fell and took down lines.

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"Whenever the wind gets blowing, we don't feel at peace," he said. "We bailed out of here and went to town, where it is safe."

On Route 88 in Falmouth, which was closed at Depot Road, crews from Time Warner Cable and CMP worked to repair equipment after a huge tree fell over and took down lines.

"What a mess," said Colin Chase, a lineman with Time Warner. "There's stuff everywhere."

State police and Cumberland County emergency dispatchers reported no storm-related injuries.

Erin Pelletier, a dispatcher with the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center, said crews worked through the night to reopen major commuter routes like River Road in Windham, which was closed for downed trees and wires, she said.

"We actually lucked out I think," she said.

Portland got through the storm without major problems, said Nicole Clegg, the city's spokeswoman. She said there was flooding along Marginal Way at high tide around midnight, but it was not severe.

The storm also knocked down a couple of utility poles on Washington Avenue Extension and Riverside Drive, she said.

Margaret Curtis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Wednesday's forecast calls for showers in the morning but dry conditions and mild temperatures -- mid-60s -- later in the day.

Curtis said the weather should be good for children who plan to go trick-or-treating Wednesday night.

-- Staff Writers David Hench, Gillian Graham, Tom Bell, Dennis Hoey and Jessica Hall contributed to this report.

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Crews from McDonough Electric Construction of Bedford, Mass., work to remove a cherry tree that had fallen over Princes Point Road in Yarmouth on Tuesday.

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