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Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 30, 2017 and Island Ad-Vantages, November 30, 2017 and The Weekly Packet, November 30, 2017
Cleanup efforts continue after October 30 storm

Branches left from the October 30 storm

Branches left from the October 30 storm remain piled on Hinckley Ridge Road, a potential hazard if snow plows come through before they are removed.

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by Monique Labbe

A month after the area was hit by a destructive windstorm, road crews are still at work trying to clean up debris from the sides of state roads before the snow flies.

“The Blue Hill Peninsula was the hardest hit in this region,” said Maine Department of Transportation Press Secretary Ted Talbot. “We have been and will continue our cleanup efforts, prioritizing based on corridor priority.”

The cleanup crews have removed debris, including downed power lines and trees, from the roadways and out of immediate danger for drivers. Some of that debris, however, is still on the shoulders of the road, which could prove problematic for snow plows if a big storm should hit the area.

Talbot said that he is confident that the debris will be cleared before that happens.

“We anticipate having debris removed from the immediate roadside before it will cause conflict with any significant snow removal operations,” he said.

The most efficient and ideal means of removal is to cut and chip and haul away in the same operation; however, there is a plan B in case it takes a little longer than anticipated.

“As a last resort, if need be, we intend to cut away roadside debris and leave it on the back slope of the road for spring removal to afford plowing width,” said Talbot.

Talbot added that if any town has specific issues, they should contact the regional office directly at 624-8200.