Governor Baldacci Advises Caution Following Spring StormApril 17, 2007 - TRCAUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci urged Maine citizens to put safety first following the intense spring storm that has affected much of the state over the past couple of days. The Governor said the storm is the most destructive natural disaster seen by the state since the ice storm of 1998.“I’m asking our citizens to put safety first for themselves and their families. Don’t take any unnecessary risks,” Governor Baldacci said. “I’m also asking for patience. It will take time to assess, plan and recover. In the meantime, no one will be left out in the cold, wet weather. We have established shelters with food and water in areas hardest hit by the storm. If you are in need, you will be taken care of.”Governor Baldacci advised people to call 911 for emergencies, 211 for a list of shelters and to report any damage to their homes or businesses to their town.Power restoration efforts are underway in many communities, Governor Baldacci said, but it could still take a couple of days for service to be restored in some areas.“I’ve been in touch with federal officials and FEMA Region 1 for assistance, and they have been very helpful providing support and being able to move extra line crews to repair electric lines and restore service to our citizens,” said the Governor. “We are also working with FEMA to get financial help to individuals and businesses as quickly as possible.”The Governor said that the worst of the storm has passed, but high winds and rain is expected to continue through tomorrow. He said the State of Emergency, which went into effect late Sunday night, will continue for at least a few more days.NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.