Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP crews restore service to 50,000 customers on first day of storm recovery
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 23, 2009, 9:30 p.m. — Central Maine Power Co. (CMP) utility crews have restored power to more than 50,000 of the customers left without service following the severe winter storm that came through Maine Sunday and Monday. Power has been turned back on for critical facilities in many towns, including a half dozen hospitals, and the damage assessment continues. As of 9:30 p.m., fewer than 79,000 homes and businesses remained without service, down from a peak of 130,300 recorded late Monday morning.
It is likely that most customers who are still without power as of 10 p.m. will be without service through the night. While some utility and tree crews will remain on the job overnight, CMP will have the bulk of its workforce back on the job at dawn, so crews can work through the daylight hours and maximize productivity.
More than 260 additional outside lineworkers will join local crews tomorrow. These are in addition to the mutual-aid crews from contractors and other utilities around New England area that arrived today. The State of Emergency declared by Governor John E. Baldacci suspended travel restrictions that would otherwise slow the arrival of out-of-state crews.
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:
Next update: Tuesday morning.
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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