Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP hits halfway mark in storm repair
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 14, 2008, 4:30 p.m. — Central Maine Power Co. crews have restored power to nearly 60 percent of the customers left without service after yesterday’s winter storm that came through Maine. At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, an estimated 32,480 customers were without service. That’s down from a peak of more than 79,000 Wednesday evening.
“More than 300 lineworkers from CMP and other utilities and contractors have been out all day repairing the damage to our system,” says CMP spokesman John Carroll. “We have completed repair work in our Fairfield and Rockland service areas, and are nearly finished in the Midcoast. This will allow us to move more crews and equipment to the harder hit areas.”
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 – 3,700
Augusta – 11,600
Bridgton – 1,300
Brunswick – 40
Lewiston – 14,300
CMP expects the outages to continue through at least one more night for some customers in its Alfred, Augusta, Lewiston, Portland, and Bridgton service areas. This includes communities in interior York and Cumberland Counties, and parts of Oxford, Androscoggin, and Kennebec Counties. The utility has completed repairs in its Fairfield and Rockland service areas, and expects to complete work in its Brunswick service area this evening.
CMP is in contact with county emergency management agencies coordinating shelter operations in the hardest-hit areas. Currently, an overnight shelter is open at the Augusta Civic Center’s North Wing. Additional information on shelters and their hours of operation is on the Maine Emergency Management Agency’s web site at http://www.maine.gov/mema/.
Next update: 10 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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