BANGOR – It wasn’t the ice storm people had feared, but crews in Bangor were prepared for the worst Sunday.
“Certainly with the fast moving storm and heavy precipitation, we’re not getting the ice buildup that we thought might happen,” said Allison Doughty, Emera Maine’s system emergency manager.
Even though precipitation stayed mostly rain in Bangor Sunday morning, Emera crews said they responded to around 1,200 power outages, most of them storm related in the Exeter area.
On the Bangor/Glenburn line, part of Broadway was closed as crews responded to a downed telephone pole.
“With warmer temperatures you get that mixing and heavy, wet snow that can bring down limbs and trees,” said Doughty.
While Emera had extra crews on, they felt the storm in Bangor could have been worse, something echoed by Bangor Public Works.
“We were anticipating anywhere from a half inch to an inch of ice,” said Eric Willett, the director of Bangor Public Works.
He said they brought crews in during the early morning hours. And as temperatures dipped below freezing in the early afternoon, they had crews back out to treat roads.
“We’ve been actually out treating water problems, so helping water get off the roads, opening up catch basins,” said Willett.
He said Bangor had 2,000 yards of salt in the shed ready to go for Sunday.
Though we have not yet had that big winter snow storm, public works has gone through an average amount of salt for this time of year.
“We use the same amount of salt that we would to use a quarter inch of snow, as we would over a foot of snow,” said Willett.
A viewer photo sent to us from Milo shows areas farther north in our coverage area got overnight snow Sunday, but in Bangor, kind of an unusual sight for January – barely any snow left at all.
“We’ll see maybe we’ll actually get some winter in February,” said Willett.