Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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Central Maine Power restores power to critical facilities in many communities
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 23, 2009, 5 p.m. — Central Maine Power Co. utility crews (CMP) have restored service to critical facilities in many towns, including a half dozen hospitals, and the damage assessment continues. As of 5:00 p.m., the company has restored power to many critical facilities and more than 14,000 homes and businesses. The outage count is down to 116,000 from an 11:00 a.m. peak of 130,300.
Mutual-aid crews from contractors and other utilities around New England area began filtering into the state late today. CMP expects to more than double its number of lineworkers quickly, as more than 260 outside lineworkers will join the effort tomorrow. Governor John E. Baldacci declared a State of Emergency earlier today, suspending travel restrictions that would slow the arrival of mutual-aid crews from out of state.
The weight and depth of the snow pose particular challenges for utility crews in many areas. The heavy, wet snow that fell early in the storm built up quickly on trees, leading to broken or sagging limbs on power lines. Making matters worse, the extreme depths of snow, more than two feet in some areas, have made travel difficult and roadside work hazardous. Access to facilities away from the roadside is also hampered by high snow banks and deep snow in cross-county rights-of-way.
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:
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.
Next update: 8:00 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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