Being without power is tough, but before we point fingers for blame, let's stop a moment and think about what's happened.

I've been there. During the ice storm of 1998 when I lived on a remote road on Sebago Lake, I was without power for over a week. This storm had more outages than the ice storm. Over 400,000 homes were without power. With a population of 1.3 million, that's about one home for every 3 people in Maine without power. Think about that. That's huge.

In just the span of 3 days, with the help of neighboring line workers from other states, crews have reduced the number of power outages by 70%.

 

Real people, who you probably will never see the face of, working tirelessly day and night to make sure your power is restored as quickly as possible. They miss time with their families while doing a dangerous job in all sorts of weather conditions. This is just one storm too. Once they get your power back on, they'll be ready to get right back out there for a Nor'easter this winter or even another ice storm. Lineworkers give us back what we don't realize we rely on so much until it's gone.

So before you decide to take to social media and complain about how you still don't have power and blame the hard working men and women of Central Maine Power, just stop and think a moment. How would you feel if you were in their shoes?

Thank you to each and every lineman that has been hard at work to restore power to homes across Maine. You are our heroes.