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CBS 13 lends a helping hand to a York woman trapped inside her home

One woman CBS 13 met Wednesday in York not only lost power, she got trapped inside her home. (WGME)

OGUNQUIT (WGME) -- There are still thousands of people without power and a lot of cleaning up to do.

One woman CBS 13 met Wednesday in York not only lost power, she got trapped inside her home.

“The winds were so strong yesterday and the snow was coming down so fast I decided not to shovel yesterday,” Joanne Voltaire, lost power, said.

That meant the snow and ice piled up, blocking Voltaire's only exit.

“So when I saw the two of you out here on the street looking at the power line that was down, I thought this is my chance to ask for help,” Voltaire said.

This downed power line is just one sign of the damage from heavy snow and 30 to 40 mph wind gusts.

“We must have had two dozen roads closed and some major roads, Route 91, 1A down in Cape Neddick, along with a number of other town ways,” Dean Lessard, public works director, said.

On Shore Road in Ogunquit a tree took down power lines.

At the height of the storm, more than 30,000 CMP customers were in the dark.

“I had it on my list all fall. Call the guy up to come check out the generator, see if it works, doesn't work, I didn't do it,” David O’Brien, lost power, said.

Now O’Brien is trying to find a place to stay Wednesday just in case.

“We called all the hotels in town. They were all booked so I don’t know where we're going to stay tonight if this keeps up, but it was a pretty bad night. I don't think I remember seeing it as bad,” O’Brien said.

Voltaire plans to try and make the best of it.

“Shoveling, trying to get to a store that has a generator so that I can get a hot cup of coffee and kind of just sit back and read a favorite book,” Voltaire said.

The Ogunquit Police Department has set up a place for people to warm up and charge their phones and tablets.

The York Beach Fire Department also has a warming station.

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