The sign in front of the Big Chicken Barn in Ellsworth was flat on the ground Thursday morning after being toppled by the wind sometime during the overnight hours. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER

Wind and rain leave toppled trees, road flooding in their wake

ELLSWORTH — Power outages were waning by midday Thursday, but at the height of the overnight windstorm almost 8,500 homes in Hancock County were without power.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, Emera Maine reported outages had dropped to 463 in Hancock County, and just under 1,800 total across its entire service area in eastern and northern Maine.

High winds were blamed for knocking trees over and breaking branches, some of which hit power lines and caused outages.

Andrew Sankey, director of the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency, said there was some minor flooding on roadways in Bucksport as a result of the rainfall from the storm.

Speaking just after 11 on Thursday morning, Sankey said the concern now was for high tide at around 12:30. That high tide was already going to be higher than normal, and rainfall raising the water level in streams, brooks and rivers is expected to only exacerbate the situation.

Sankey said spots of particular concern include the Deer Isle causeway, Seawall in Southwest Harbor and areas over on the Schoodic Peninsula.

There is less traffic in Schoodic at this time of year, he said, and there is an alternate route around the Seawall. That leaves the Deer Isle causeway as the primary focus for the EMA office.

Sankey said motorists should never drive through standing water, because they don’t know what is underneath the water or what — such as the road — might be missing underneath the surface.

Sankey also advised that anyone without power who is using a generator or other heat or power source be sure to use it safely and follow all instructions from the manufacturer.

Sankey said the rain and high winds prompted the Maine State Ferry Service to cancel ferry service between Bass Harbor and both Frenchboro and Swan’s Island on Thursday.

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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