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Western Maine Town Assesses Storm Damage

Severe thunderstorms that swept through the state yesterday hit the town of Rumford particularly hard.

Public Works Director Andy Russell says several roads were badly damaged.  They include the Hall Hill Road, the South Rumford Road, Royal Avenue and the Wyman Hill Road.  

Russell says the 4 to 6 inches of rain that fell on the town washed out some roads, and others were blocked by fallen trees and power lines.

Repairing some of those roads could take weeks, Russell says. "The South Rumford is really bad.  Part of my sewer line is exposed over there.  Hall Hill's very bad and it's a very steep road."

Central Maine Power says 11,000 customers lost power for a time yesterday. Fewer than 600 were still without service this morning.