Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP restoration in Greater Portland and Midcoast will be earlier than expected
AUGUSTA, Maine, Dec. 15, 2008, 5 p.m. — Central Maine Power Co. (CMP) is moving ahead its estimated restoration time for communities in Cumberland, Sagadahoc, and Lincoln Counties The utility expects to have service back to Greater Portland this evening, with the rest of those cities and towns getting power back by late Tuesday evening. On Monday, the company continued to shift more resources to York County, where the devastation from Friday’s storm dwarfed that seen in the area during the January 1998 ice storm.
“At the peak of the storm Friday, more than 84,000 customers in York County were without service,” said CMP spokesperson Gail Rice. “Compare that to the peak of 30,000 in 1998, and it’s quite clear that this storm caused much more damage in southern Maine.”
As of 5 p.m. Monday, 30,370 customer accounts were still without power, mainly in southern and coastal counties. CMP has restored power to almost 190,000 homes and businesses or 86 percent of the 220,000 accounts those who were without power on Friday.
“We will continue to saturate York County with crews and equipment and keep working around the clock until we get the last customers back on,” said Rice.
Maps showing the extent of the outages and the progress of the restoration are available on the company’s website by clicking Ice Storm 2008.
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.
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