Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP repairs continue overnight
AUGUSTA, Maine, Dec. 12, 2008, 9 p.m. — Central Maine Power Co. reports that it has restored power to nine hospitals and nearly 30,000 homes and businesses by the end of the first day of the storm. The number of outages remains at approximately 190,000 after hitting a peak of 220,000 accounts without power on Friday afternoon. Utility crews spent most of the day responding to reports of downed wires, assessing damage, and restoring power to critical public facilities such as hospitals and shelters.
CMP crews will continue to clear fallen trees and downed lines overnight in preparation for the first full day restoration work on Saturday. The company expects a first contingent of out-of-state crews to arrive from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia sometime late on Saturday, and additional crews from Michigan are due to arrive on Sunday.
The utility continues to caution its customers that the majority of those customers with no power this evening are likely to face one or two nights without power, and the outage is likely to last well into the next week for some.
Following is a list of outages by Service Center. Each Service Center includes the city or town listed, along with a dozen or more surrounding communities:
CMP continues to urge customers to use caution at home and on the streets. Candles, lanterns, and temporary heating devices can pose a fire hazard. Home generators should be properly vented to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and they should be connected to home wiring through appropriate protective devices to prevent power from feeding back onto the utility’s wires. Drivers should also exercise care when passing damaged utility equipment or crews working on the roadside.
Additional information on storm safety and restoration, including a town-by-town listing of outages in the CMP service area with an area map, can be found on CMP’s web site at www.cmpco.com. Customers needing information on shelters should call 211 or go to www.211maine.org.
Next update: 9 a.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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