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Snow, wind, and rain keep CMP crews busy

AUGUSTA, Maine, Nov. 25, 2008 —Central Maine Power Company (CMP) crews have been busy today responding to reports of outages caused by a late-autumn storm packing strong winds, snow, and rain. At 4 p.m., the utility reported an estimated 9,070 customers were without service. Most of the affected customers are in CMP’s Alfred, Bridgton, Brunswick, and Farmington service areas.

“Most of these outages have been caused by strong winds and tree contact with our lines,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “Poor driving conditions have also been a problem, as there have been several reports of motor vehicles hitting CMP poles and disrupting power to people in the area.”

Here is a breakdown of outages by service center. Each service center includes the town or city listed, plus a dozen surrounding communities:

Alfred:  850
Augusta:  150
Bridgton:  2,220
Brunswick:  2,060
Farmington:  875
Lewiston:  530
Portland:  110
Rockland/Belfast:  75
Skowhegan:  190
Total:  7,060

“Crews have been restoring power to customers throughout the day, but the number of outages has been climbing since noon,” says Carroll. “We’ll keep the crews on this evening and bring in extra personnel as needed.”

CMP continues to urge customers to put safety first should they experience an outage.

While CMP hopes to have service restored to most customers this evening, continued strong winds are likely to cause additional damage to the power system, and some customers may be without service into the early-morning hours Wednesday.
CMP will issue updates as conditions warrant.

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:
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