Nemo knocks wires down, plows off road

ELLSWORTH — Public works and public safety officials were kept busy by winter storm Nemo Friday and Saturday.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, an Ellsworth police officer responded to Mariaville Road for a report of a vehicle off the road.

It turned out the driver of that vehicle was a Bar Harbor police officer. The vehicle was driven back on to the road, but the Ellsworth officer was unable to speak with the driver “due to blizzard conditions.”

Around 5:30, the city’s highway department reported one of its trucks had gone off of Christian Ridge Road and into a ditch, and that the road was “completely shut down.”

About 15 minutes later, an Ellsworth officer concurred, advising dispatch that the “road is impassible.” Two tow trucks were working to free the truck, but it took them almost an hour to do so.

The plow truck was not damaged.

A telephone wire down on Short Street around 8 a.m. Saturday prompted a call to FairPoint.

“They are unsure if they are dispatching any units out at this point due to the weather conditions,” a dispatcher noted in the call log.

Multiple calls of other vehicles off the road were also received during the storm.

For more of the latest news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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