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Persistent winds and rain challenge CMP crews

AUGUSTA, Maine, Nov. 25, 2008 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) crews will work through the night to fix damage caused by a late-autumn storm packing strong winds, snow, and rain. At 9:30 p.m.Tuesday, the utility reported an estimated 34,400 customers were without service. While more than half of the affected customers are in coastal areas from Yarmouth to Penobscot, the storm has had an impact throughout CMP’s 11,000-square-mile service area.

“Despite our crews’ best efforts to restore power to customers who lost service during today’s storm, persistent strong winds have caused new outages throughout our service area,” said CMP spokesperson Gail Rice. “Our field personnel are reporting that the ground is saturated to the point that the strong winds are uprooting entire trees and blowing them down onto our power lines.”

The damage is severe enough that CMP is seeking mutual aid from out-of-state utilities; such reinforcements should enable restoration to all customers before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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

Alfred:  2,725
Augusta:  3,120
Bridgton:  1,240
Brunswick:  12,020
Dover 40
Fairfield 560
Farmington:  1,950
Lewiston:  1,485
Portland:  1,250
Rockland/Belfast:  9,790
Skowhegan:  220
Total:  34,400


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

“It has been a tough day for our crews -- as they’d finish work in one area, a new outage would be reported somewhere else,” said Rice. “But once the winds subside and we get more reinforcements through the mutual aid system, we should be able to make good progress getting customers back on line.”

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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