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Maine Public reported Monday that Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, chairman of the Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, plans to schedule hearings in the new year to find out why it took so long for Maine's two primary utilities, Central Maine Power and Emera Maine, to restore power after the Oct. 30 storm. More than 450,000 customers were without power at the peak of the storm, which was accompanied by gusts of more than 60 mph and heavy rains. It took the better part of the week for the utilities to completely restore service to all of their customers, even with the deployment of more than 3,000 tree-clearing, line and substation repair crews.
Despite the magnitude of the storm and resulting damage — which exceeded that of the 1998 ice storm — do you think the utilities' power restoration efforts took too long?