Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP restores service to nearly 78,000 customers
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 15, 2008, (6:00 p.m.) — Central Maine Power Co. crews have restored power to nearly all of the customers who lost power after Wednesday’s snow and ice storm. As of 6:00 p.m. Friday, an estimated 730 customers remain without service. That’s down from a peak of more than 79,000 on Wednesday evening.
“We appreciate our customers' patience, and all the assistance we've had from contractors and utility crews from around New England,” says CMP spokesman John Carroll. “The icing in Wednesday's storm formed along a distinct line through the center of our service area, and it left everything absolutely locked in the ice. The trees and lines are still coated with ice, which slows the restoration work, but the crews will keep at it until they get the last of the customers back on tomorrow morning."
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.
The remaining outages are primarily in small neighborhoods served by single-phase lines or in remote homes and seasonal camps, where access is by along poorly maintained camp roads or in cross-country rights-of-ways that are accessible only on foot or by snow machine.
CMP expects to restore service to most customers by late this evening, however, it is probable that a small number of customers in the following communities may not have their power back before Saturday: Auburn, Gray, Green, Lewiston, Minot, New Gloucester, Poland, Raymond, and Wales. A list of the likely overnight outages by town and road is follows this release and can be found on the Company's website at http://www.cmpco.com/OurCompany/News/default.html
Local emergency management agencies are coordinating shelter operations. The Auburn/Lewiston Shelter is at Park Avenue Elementary School located on Park Avenue in Auburn. The shelter will be open at 5:00 p.m. The entrance is on the left side of the school and to the end. Cots/blankets will be provided, but please bring a pillow, any medication you and/or family members might need, and special food/diapers, etc. The shelter is not yet equipped for pet care; people will need to make other arrangements for their pets.
More shelter 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: noon, 4/16/08 if necessary.
Overnight Outage List by Town and Road
Auburn, Barker Mill R/W Line
Auburn, Broad Street
Gray, No Raymond Rd
Gray, Pleasant View Ln
Greene, Bryan Ave
Greene, Campground Line
Greene, College Rd
Greene, Hallowell Line
Greene, Long Lane
Greene, Ridge Line
Greene, So Leeds Rd
Greene, West Shore Line
Lewiston, College Rd
Lewiston, Delcliffe, Lane
Lewiston, McKinley St
Lewiston, Pineview Street
Lewiston, Waters Edge Dr
Minot, Old Woodman Hill Rd
New Gloucester, Sabbathday Lake Rd
New Gloucester, Tripp City Rd
New Gloucester, Trues Pt Rd
Poland, Lemay Lane
Raymond, Notched Pond Line
Raymond, Notched Pond Shor
Raymond, Ryans Way
Wales, East Shore Line
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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