2017-11-03 / Front Page

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A tree blown down by high winds forced the closure of Route 9 for several hours Monday, Oct. 30. According to Kennebunk Rescue Division Chief John Brady, the department received a 205 percent increase in call volume, fielding 26 weather-related emergency calls from 10 p.m. Sunday through 10:30 a.m. Monday alone, versus the usual 8.5 calls for a given 24- hour period. However, aware the storm was coming, the department began planning at 6 p.m. Sunday, up-staffing from the usual five on duty to 23. During the storm, a total of 12 vehicles were pressed into service for calls ranging from downed trees and utility lines to car crashes, flooding, fire and carbon monoxide alarms, medical issues, and even a structure fire, taking the calls from Sanford and dispatching them locally to help ease congestion at the call center. “The members worked diligently to keep up with the calls in extreme weather conditions, poor roads and darkness. Fortunately there were no injuries during the response,” Brady said. An estimate of damages was not available at press time. (Courtesy photo) A tree blown down by high winds forced the closure of Route 9 for several hours Monday, Oct. 30. According to Kennebunk Rescue Division Chief John Brady, the department received a 205 percent increase in call volume, fielding 26 weather-related emergency calls from 10 p.m. Sunday through 10:30 a.m. Monday alone, versus the usual 8.5 calls for a given 24- hour period. However, aware the storm was coming, the department began planning at 6 p.m. Sunday, up-staffing from the usual five on duty to 23. During the storm, a total of 12 vehicles were pressed into service for calls ranging from downed trees and utility lines to car crashes, flooding, fire and carbon monoxide alarms, medical issues, and even a structure fire, taking the calls from Sanford and dispatching them locally to help ease congestion at the call center. “The members worked diligently to keep up with the calls in extreme weather conditions, poor roads and darkness. Fortunately there were no injuries during the response,” Brady said. An estimate of damages was not available at press time. (Courtesy photo)

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