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Lack of cell phones, social media had major impact on Ice Storm of '98

It’s been 20 years since the Ice Storm of ‘98. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) – It’s been 20 years since the Ice Storm of ‘98.

One big thing that's changed in the last two decades, is the way we communicate.

Some CMP workers say having today's technology, back then, would've been a game changer.

When we think about the possibility of a widespread power outage today, things like not having internet, or being able to charge our cell phones, may be an uneasy thought.

It's how we communicate in 2018, but for those without power during the ice storm 20 years ago, it was a whole different story.

Imagine, no social media pages to post a power outage complaint to or to check on friends.

Linemen crews dubbed "bird dogs" would also spend time going to neighborhoods, looking for places without power.

Linemen used word of mouth to check on their own, they'd ask someone who knew someone who had power.

Join us Saturday for a special CBS 13 and FOX 23 special event, Lights Out: Ice Storm ’98, 20 Years Later.

That's at 7 p.m. on CBS 13 and FOX 23.

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