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Downed trees cause power outage

HOULTON, Maine — Downed trees on the Canadian side of the border resulted in a large power outage for Houlton residents Tuesday afternoon.

Greg Sherman, general manager of Houlton Water Company, said the outage, which occurred around 1 p.m. was caused by several trees that downed wires in New Brunswick. He stated it would take about four hours to restore power to the greater Houlton area.

Houlton Water Company receives its electricity from Canada as part of a transmission line that runs from Woodstock, New Brunswick, to a substation near the border on the Canadian side. The line then continues to a substation near Cooks Brook on the U.S. side.

Previously, Houlton Water Company received its electricity from Emera Maine (now Versant Power). 

In addition to repairing the line, Sherman said some work was needed in the substation, located just across the U.S. border. 

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