Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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Central Maine Power crews continue to focus on public safety and damage assessment
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 23, 2009, 12 noon — Central Maine Power Co. continues its focus on public safety and damage assessment in the wake of a severe winter storm that moved through Maine late Sunday and early Monday. The utility reported that an estimated 129,150 homes and businesses are without power at midday Monday.
“We continue to work on three tasks at this stage of the 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.”
Mutual-aid crews from contractors and other utilities from the New England area are already assisting local crews, and more are due in later today. A Declaration of Emergency from Gov. John Baldacci will help get these mutual-aid crews to the affected areas more quickly.
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: 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: 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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