Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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Utility crews flood into mid-coast communities
Outages expected to drop below 25,000 by evening
AUGUSTA, Maine, April 19, 2007 Central Maine Power Company has restored service to more than 110,000 customer accounts as of noon, leaving 17,000 still without power. More out-of-state crews arrived this morning from N-Star in Massachusetts, and the company is shifting more and more workers into hard hit coastal communities.
"We've found almost 325 broken poles, including over 110 in the mid-coast area, and 90 around Portland," said CMP spokesman John Carroll. "That's more damage than we had from Hurricane Bob in 1991 and close to the number from Hurricane Gloria in 1985. When it comes to northeasters, this was one for the books."
With the arrival of fresh crews this morning, CMP will have more than 1,000 men and women in the field, including line workers, tree removal crews, pole setting crews, field planners and assessors, plus more than 300 support personnel working behind the scenes. The company expects to make significant progress today, even as the difficulty of the repair work increases.
"We're sending crews out into hard-to-reach rights of way, and we still have some customers who are completely inaccessible because of flooding," said Carroll. "We expect to get most customers back on by the end of the week, but that's assuming we can even reach them."
Following is a breakdown of outages and projected restoration times for the majority of customers in each Service Center. Restoration work will continue in all areas until the work is complete, and most customers will have their service restored well-within the projected restoration times. Each Service Center includes the city or town listed and about a dozen surrounding communities. A map showing the service areas is available on the company's outage page on its website at www.cmpco.com.
Alfred - 1,250 - Thursday, early evening
Brunswick - 12,750 - Friday, late night
Portland - 2,400 - Friday, late afternoon
Rockland - 400 - Thursday, late afternoon
Next update at 4:30 p.m.
About CMP: Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, operates more than 20,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine's population. Web site: www.cmpco.com.
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