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Final push to get York County customers back on line continues

AUGUSTA, Maine, Dec. 17, 2008, 12 noon — Central Maine Power Co. (CMP) reports that 2,300 homes and businesses remain without power at noon today, most as a result of last week’s ice storm. The company’s crews are working throughout York County to restore the last of the outages by tonight.

“We continue to work toward our goal to get the last of these customers back on by late tonight,” said CMP spokesperson Gail Rice. “We’ve made progress in spite of a few new outages caused by today’s snow, and we remain concerned about the safety of our crews on the roadside. It will be especially helpful if drivers can slow down and give them plenty of clearance as they pass.”

CMP has received numerous requests for assistance from utilities in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, where tens of thousands of customers are still without power. With much of the tree removal work complete in York County, the company has begun releasing some tree crews from other utilities and private contractors in response to those requests.

CMP still has more than 600 people in the field and many more in Service Centers and call centers repairing damage, talking with customers, and performing other support roles.

Next update: 5 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:
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