Wind, Flooding Cause Issues Around The State

ORONO, Maine (WABI) - While the rain has come and gone...street flooding and downed power lines may still become an issue in some spots.

Public works crews and the Maine Department of Transportation are watching the forecast closely as things may turn worse overnight.

Alyssa Thurlow reports.

"With the potential for ice developing, we're going to make sure that we're ready in all areas," said Judy Long of Emera Maine.

It's all hands on deck at Emera Maine's fleet headquarters in Hampden this weekend.

"With the winds picking up last night, we've started to see some outages and we've continued to see that grow more dramatic over the course of the storm as it moves," explained Long.

Over 2,000 customers were left in the dark Saturday morning.

And while the storm didn't pack as much of a punch in some areas, others woke up to two inches of water along roadways.

It's something the Maine Department of Transportation will be monitoring closely the next few days.

"We're going to be watching for these waters to be receding off of the roadways," explained Ted Talbot of the Maine Department of Transportation. "We put up barriers and we've put up detour signs in some locations, and some other signage with the alert system that people need to have as you enter potentially flood type of waters."

Travelers along Forest and Stillwater Avenue in Orono had to trudge their way through deep waters Saturday morning.

And with the temperatures expected to drop through the evening hours, officials are urging folks to use caution.

"People really need to be careful of black ice, if you're going to be traveling this evening or the overnight, let alone tomorrow morning. We'll be out and we'll continue treating the roads through the period," said Talbot.

Crews with Maine DOT and Emera Maine will be out as they're needed this weekend, and folks are encouraged to be patient, as the restoration process continues.

"We urge people traveling to be watchful of them, give them plenty of room, and slow down as you're passing."