Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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Release: Immediate - An Energy East Company
CMP completes restoration in Midcoast;
customer outages below 8,000 in York County
AUGUSTA, Maine, Dec. 16, 2008, 5 p.m. — Central Maine Power Co. (CMP) has completed power restoration in Midcoast cities and towns served by the utility’s office in Brunswick. In York County, more than 360 lineworkers and 80 tree crews continue to repair damage and restore power to customers in 30 cities and towns. CMP expects to restore power to all York County customers by late Wednesday night.
At 5 p.m., CMP had restored power to more than 212,000 – greater than 96 percent – of the customers left without service after Friday’s storm. An estimated 7,850 remain without power. York County bore the brunt of last week’s storm, and outages there far exceeded the number in the 1998 ice storm.
“At the peak of the storm Friday, more than 84,000 customers in York County had lost service,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “By comparison, outages in York County peaked at about 30,000 accounts in the 1998 storm, so we’ve been faced with a much more difficult situation in these communities.”
The utility said that customers who are still without service as of 5 p.m. this evening should make preparations to spend another night without power. Some restoration efforts will continue through the night, but many customers will not have their service restored before Wednesday.
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.
A listing of outages by towns and streets can be found on CMP’s web site at www.cmpco.com.
Next update: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
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.
— CMP —