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CMP power restoration reaches 80 percent mark

AUGUSTA, Maine, Nov. 26, 2008, 10 p.m.— Central Maine Power Co. reports that it has restored power to more than 30,000 customer accounts – about 80 percent of those who lost service in Tuesday’s storm. As of 9:30 p.m., fewer than 5,000 customers remained without power, down from a high of 35,000 at the storm’s peak Tuesday evening.

CMP workers have been joined by local utility contractors and tree crews, along with crews from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Additional personnel, such as safety specialists, supervisors, assessors, and others brought the number of personnel in the field and at district offices to well over 500 workers earlier today.

The company will keep some crews working through the night, however, customers in many coastal communities east of Freeport should be prepared for a second night without power. This advisory applies to the following towns:

Brunswick service area: Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Bremen, Bristol, Brunswick, Damariscotta, Freeport, Georgetown, Harpswell, Jefferson, Nobleboro, Newcastle, South Bristol, Southport, Topsham, Waldoboro, Westport.

Rockland service area: Belfast, Cushing, Islesboro, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill, Northport, St. George, Stockton Springs, Washington.

Outages by service center are listed below. Each service center includes the town or city listed, plus a dozen or more surrounding communities:

Augusta:  80
Brunswick:  1,480
Fairfield 40
Farmington:  15
Rockland/Belfast:  3,285
Total:  4,900

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:
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.