Susan Faloon, Emera spokesperson, said late last week that most customers were expected to have the lights back on by Friday.
and Richardson did say they realize that for customers without power, any amount of time can seem like a long wait for it to be restored.
"There are just as many linemen under Emera Maine
as there was before under Bangor Hydro [and] Maine Public," Faloon
"In fact, the Bangor Hydro District can now draw on linemen from the Maine Public District and vice versa, so we already have more lineworkers on staff even before an event."
The storm knocked down about 85 poles, she
said, 13 of which belong to FairPoint.
"We have as many field workers as we can safely manage," Faloon
"It's more a matter of the time it takes to make repairs."
It can take up to four hours to replace just one pole, she
"In some cases, we have multiple trees on the same line, [and] in one case, there were 10 trees on one line," Faloon
said the ongoing strike of unionized FairPoint communications workers has had no adverse impact on the pole or transmission line repairs.