Wednesday, January 07, 1998
The Great Ice Storm: Freezing rain poured down onto central and southern Maine from January 7th through January 17th. The storm knocked out power to close to 1 million people, about 80% of the state’s population, some for more than two weeks. Roads were shut down across the state as trees and power poles collapsed under the weight of the ice. Schools remained closed for up to two weeks and 6 deaths were attributed directly to the impacts of the storm.

State Information

Maine Emergency Management Agency
72 State House Station
45 Commerce Dr.
Augusta, Maine 04333
800-452-8735 (toll-free, in-state only)
TTY: 877-789-0200 (toll-free)/ 207-629-5793
Maine Prepares

Citizen Corps

Get Involved in Preparing your Community. Citizen Corps, Homeland Security's grassroots effort, localizes preparedness messages and provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency response training; participate in community exercises; and volunteer to support local first responders. To learn more and to get involved, contact your nearest Citizen Corps Council by visiting

Maine State Citizen Corps Council
Maine Emergency Management Agency

72 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-4435

Last Updated: 08/20/2019