Mass. workers travel to help 100,000 Maine residents without power
HAMPTON, N.H. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- An entire fleet of trucks gathered in Hampton, New Hampshire Tuesday to travel to Maine to restore power for roughly 100,000 people.
Santa and his reindeer weren't the only convoy making the rounds Christmas Eve. A different kind of elves volunteered to spend their holiday away from their families; workers traveled to northern New England Tuesday evening to restore power to those who lost it in a three-day ice storm. NSTAR said that the ice there is about an inch thick and the severe weather brought down trees and power lines.
"We're told they have 110,000 customers out of power up in the Augusta county and Kennebunk county area," Worker Patrick O'Malley said.
The linemen are all from Massachusetts and work for NSTAR and Western Massachusetts Electric. They traveled to Augusta Tuesday to hook up with Central Maine Power and get to work.
NSTAR estimated that it would take until at least Saturday to get all 110,000 people back up online.