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December 2023 Storm Resources

York County Emergency Management Agency

York County experienced a strong storm on Monday, December 18th that, at its peak, left over 45,000 York County customers without power. Due to the numerous outages across York County and the CMP service area, power restoration is expected to be a multi-day event. To help residents manage this temporary loss of power, we created this webpage to provide helpful resources.

Important Numbers

CMP Emergency Line: 800-696-1000

Maine 211: Dial 211 to access free information or resources

Key Safety Messages

  • Stay away from downed lines. No line is safe to touch.

  • Never use ranges or outdoor stoves to heat your home.

  • If you need shelter or food, reach out to 211 for available resources.

  • Keep sensitive electronic appliances such as computers, TVs and stereos plugged into a surge protector, or unplug them. They could be damaged if a power surge occurs when electricity is restored.

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed.

  • For any critical life safety needs, please reach out to your local town officials. The website for each town is listed below.

  • Please be aware that CMP will never ask you to pay money to have your outage prioritized and no federal or state money has been approved to be paid out to residents.

  • Do your research when hiring companies for repairs or junk removal. You can contact the Better Business Bureau to report any scams at

Generator-Specific Safety Messages

  • Never operate a generator indoors or inside any kind of structure

  • Keep generators away from doors, windows, and vents

  • Use heavy duty extension cords and keep the cords out of standing water

  • Do not overload your generator

  • Be sure your generator is more than 15 ft away from any flammable object or material 

  • Safely store gasoline and other forms of fuel

  • If in doubt, ask a neighbor for help

Post-Storm Weather Report for the Week

We expect nice and clear weather for the remainder of the week, which should aid CMP crews as they work to restore power. Please be mindful that it will get much colder by the end of the week.

As of Tuesday, Dec. 19th, here is the daily weather forecast for Sanford for the rest of the week:

  • Tuesday - Partly cloudy, High of 47 and Low of 25

  • Wednesday - Sunny, High of 43 and Low of 24

  • Thursday - Sunny, High of 34 and Low of 16

  • Friday - Sunny, High of 36 and Low of 19


CMP Outage List - To monitor current outages in your town or county

Ready.Gov Power Outage Safety Tips - Tips to keep you and your family safe during outages

Food Safety During a Power Outage - Tips regarding food safety and power outages

Maine Emergency Management Mass Care Shelter List - For a list of open shelters in Maine

For real-time updates, you can follow York County EMA on the following platforms:

York County Rave Alerts: For any future storms, stay connected with Rave. Rave notifications can help you prepare for future emergencies and help keep you connected to your local community. It also allows users to specify address-specific needs that can be helpful to emergency responders. 

York County Town Websites


December 2023 Storm: Service
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