Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP outage repair in final stages
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 15, 2008 (11 a.m.) — Central Maine Power Co. crews have restored power to more than 90 percent of the customers who lost power after Wednesday’s snow and ice storm. As of 11 a.m. Friday, an estimated 7,130 customers were without service. That’s down from a peak of more than 79,000 on Wednesday evening.
“We’ve had from CMP, other utilities, and contractors working around the clock to fix the damage, and that will continue through the day,” says CMP spokesman John Carroll. “But as we get to this later stage, each repair will bring back fewer customers, because many of these lines are along unplowed camp roads and cross-country rights of way.”
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 – 1,000
Augusta – 1,860
Bridgton – 20
Lewiston – 4,250
CMP expects to restore service to most of these customers by late this evening, however, it is probable that some customers in the following communities may not have their power back before Saturday: Auburn, Durham, Gray, Green, Hebron, Leeds, Lewiston, Lisbon, Litchfield, Minot, Monmouth, New Gloucester, Poland, Pownal, Raymond, Sabattus, Turner, Wales, West Gardiner, and Winthrop. More specific information on affected towns and roads will be provided late Friday afternoon.
Local emergency management agencies are coordinating shelter operations. Information is listed on the Maine Emergency Management Agency’s web site at http://www.maine.gov/mema/, or people can call their respective emergency management agencies. In Androscoggin County, call 784-0147; in Kennebec County, the number is 623-8407.
Next update: 4 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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