Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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Central Maine Power assesssing widespread damage from winter storm
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 23, 2009, 10 a.m. — Central Maine Power Co. reports that nearly 128,000 homes and businesses are without power at mid-morning. The company has been focused on public safety and assessment this morning as the storm has moved out of southern Maine. Snow and wind continues in the northern portions of the company's service area.
“We have three priorities at this point in a storm,” said John Carroll, CMP spokesman. “First, we make sure any downed lines are de-energized. Second, we’re assessing the extent of the damage to our system, and third, we’ll begin assigning crews to restore service to critical facilities such as hospitals and public safety buildings. The restoration to most homes and businesses will start later today.”
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 urges customers to use caution around downed lines.
“Everyone should still stay clear of any downed power lines and fallen trees or limbs that may be tangled in the lines,” said John Carroll, CMP spokesman. “These should all be considered live and dangerous. Customers should leave the clean-up to our crews, who are trained and equipped to handle these situations safely.”
CMP also reminds customer who have generators that they must be installed with the correct protective devices to prevent power from feeding back onto the utility’s wires. This creates an extreme risk to utility workers, emergency personnel, and the public. And if customers using generators see utility trucks in their neighborhood, the units should be turned off to prevent backfeed that can pose a serious threat to line crews.
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.
Next update: noon.
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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