Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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Utility crews out in force working on storm damage
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 14, 2008, 12 noon — More than 300 lineworkers from Central Maine Power Company and other utilities and contractors were out in force Thursday, repairing damage caused by a fierce winter storm that dumped snow and freezing rain on central and southern Maine.
An estimated 53,900 customers remained without service at midday Thursday. That’s down from a peak of more than 79,000 customers Wednesday evening. Most of the affected customers are in CMP’s Lewiston, Alfred, Portland, and Augusta service areas.
“The heavy snow and ice from this storm coated tree limbs with snow and ice, causing them to fall onto our lines,” said CMP Spokesman John Carroll. “In addition, some of the secondary roads are still in rough shape, and access to more remote areas, including camp roads around lakes, has been especially difficult.”
The worst damage to CMP’s system runs along a wide path away from the coast through York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, and Kennebec Counties. Carroll says a large contingent of workers is in the field today putting the system back together.
“More than 300 lineworkers from CMP and other companies, along with more than 60 tree crews, are working on the damage,” says Carroll. “We also have several hundred people assessing, running equipment, working in our call centers, and performing other support tasks in Service Centers and at our central office.”
Following is a breakdown of outages by Service Center. 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 - 6,700
Augusta – 15,300
Bridgton – 2,150
Brunswick - 570
Fairfield - 450
Lewiston – 19,400
Portland – 8,560
Rockland – 770
CMP expects the outages to continue overnight for customers in its Alfred, Augusta, Lewiston, and Portland service areas. This includes communities in inland York and Cumberland Counties, and parts of Androscoggin and Kennebec Counties. The utility expects to complete repairs for all but the most remote customers in its Brunswick, Fairfield, and Rockland service areas by midnight tonight.
CMP is in contact with county emergency management agencies coordinating shelter operations in the hardest-hit areas. Currently, emergency shelters are open at the Augusta Civic Center’s North Wing, the Monmouth Fire Station, and the Carrie Ricker School in Litchfield.
Next update: 4:30 p.m.
About CMP: Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, operates more than 25,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine’s population. Web site: www.cmpco.com.
About Energy East: Energy East Corporation is a respected, super-regional energy services and delivery company serving about 3 million customers throughout upstate New York and New England. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally responsible manner, Energy East will continue to be a valuable asset to the communities we serve.
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