Two women who have been missing since Monday, after their truck was swept away in the recent storm, were found dead on Thursday.
The two women were swept off the road in Mexico when Gertrude “Judy” Richards, 61, drove past a road block and attempted to cross a flooded bridge.
Both Richards and her granddaughter Ciara Cooper, 20, had been the subjects of a missing person search since Monday until both were found dead on Thursday.
The women were driving with Charlie Young, 37, and Michael Skillen, 53, both of whom escaped the car and survived, although they suffered hypothermia.
The discovery of Richards and Cooper’s bodies brings the total number of known deaths from the recent storm up to four, including a Fairfield man and a Windham man who were struck by falling debris.
Only one death was recorded as a result of the much less destructive Hurricane Lee which hit Maine in September.
Gov. Janet Mills (D-Maine) prepared far more for hurricane Lee than the recent storm, declaring a state of emergency prior to the hurricane, while she remained silent until the recent storm had largely subsided.
The recent storm left half of Maine without power, and, although many households have had their power restored, many remain without electricity amid below-freezing temperatures.