ELLSWORTH — As the 15th anniversary of the 1998 ice storm rolls around, many remember the hard times and are glad those days are in the past.
Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. hopes that with the improvements it has made, Downeast Maine won’t have to endure anything like that again.
Bangor Hydro Communications Officer Susan Faloon announced Jan. 7 at a presentation at the Waltham Road Switching Station that the company had completed a new Downeast Reliability Project.
The project consisted of adding an additional line that runs from Ellsworth east to Columbia.
“This new line will be able to help carry the electrical needs of the Downeast community,” Faloon said. “If one of the two lines goes down, the other will still be in place to continue to provide customers with electricity.”
Faloon added, “This new line also allows us to add new business in areas which might not have been able to be reached. This line will complete a loop of the surrounding Downeast lines.”
“During the ice storm of ’98, there were nine miles of poles and wires on the ground, and many people went over three weeks without power. We are hoping this makes sure that will never happen again,” Faloon said.