Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP to to complete repairs in several parts of service area today
AUGUSTA, Maine, Dec. 14, 2008 5 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) has restored power to 70 percent of the customers who lost service as a result of a severe ice storm that came through on Friday. As of 5 p.m. Sunday, fewer than 68,000 customer accounts remained without power in southern and coastal areas served by CMP offices in Alfred, Brunswick, and Portland.
With the arrival of additional mutual-aid crews today from the Canadian Maritimes, Michigan, New York, and around Maine, CMP has more than 500 lineworkers, 160 crews, and 13 pole-setting crews in the field. Crews have replaced more than 100 broken poles throughout the service area, and restored power to nearly all customers on primary three-phase distribution lines in even the most hard-hit areas.
“By midnight tonight, our crews will have wrapped up restoration in 25 more towns in northern and inland parts of our service area,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “We are shifting people and equipment to southern Maine and the coast to increase our resources in those areas.”
Following is an alphabetical list of towns where service is expected to be restored by midnight tonight:
Appleton, Belmont, Brooks, Brownfield, China, Cumberland, Fryeburg, Harrison, Jackson, Liberty, Lincolnville, Lisbon, Lisbon Falls, Monroe, Naples, Northport, Otisfield, Oxford, Palermo, Raymond, Rockport, Sebago, Vassalboro, Waterford, and Windsor.
CMP expects to finish restoring power to cities and towns served out of the utility’s Portland office by late Monday night. This includes all or parts of Buxton, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Gorham, North Yarmouth, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland, Standish, Westbrook, and Windham. Despite steady progress in southern and Midcoast Maine, the damage is so extensive that CMP will not be able to restore service to the final customers until later in the week.
Following is a list of remaining outages by Service Center. Each Service Center includes the city or town listed, along with a dozen or more surrounding communities. A map showing the towns in each service area as well as a town-by-town listing of outages can be found on CMP’s web site at www.cmpco.com. :
Next update - 9 p.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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