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Line workers sent home as Mainers remained in dark

January 4, 2014 • Business


FILE-In this Dec. 26, 2013 file photo, a crew from NSTAR works to restore power to customers after an ice storm in Gardiner, Maine. Hundreds of utility line crew members and tree trimmers left Maine even as hundreds of customers remained in the dark because Bangor Hydro Electric Co. waved off the extra help. (AP Photo/David Sharp, File)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of utility line crew workers and tree trimmers left the state when they finished their work for Central Maine Power instead of staying after the Christmas week ice storm because Bangor Hydro Electric Co. waved off the extra help even as hundreds of customers remained in the dark for four to five more days.

But the Maine Public Utilities Commission consumer assistance division received only 10 to 20 calls from people who were concerned about the length of time they were without lights and heat.

Bangor Hydro had already called in reinforcements and couldn’t provide logistics for extra workers as the utility Login to read more

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