Governor Declares State of Emergency, Closes All State Offices

AUGUSTA – With a severe winter storm bearing down on Maine, Governor Paul R. LePage has declared a State of Emergency and announced that all State offices will be closed today. The storm is expected to bring Winter Storm and Blizzard conditions to all of Maine, as well as coastal flooding to southwest Maine.

“The amount of snow and the high winds, along with blowing and drifting snow, makes this storm dangerous for many Mainers,” said the Governor. “We want everyone to stay off the roads and stay safe.”



WHEREAS, a severe winter storm is advancing on Maine; and

WHEREAS, this storm will bring winter storm and blizzard conditions to all of Maine and coastal flooding to southwest Maine; and

WHEREAS, travel conditions will be life-threatening, and widespread power outages are probable; and

WHEREAS, public health and safety is threatened, and public property is endangered by this storm; and

WHEREAS, the resources of many cities and towns are or will soon be exhausted; and

WHEREAS, the resources of the State of Maine may be needed to protect citizens and property;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LePAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Statutes of the State of Maine, do hereby declare that a State of Emergency exists.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have caused the Great Seal of the State to be hereunto affixed Given under my hand at Augusta this 26th day of January, 2015.




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