Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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Central Maine Power gets a boost as crews arrive from New England states and Canada
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 24, 2009, 5 p.m. — Central Maine Power Co.(CMP) crews were joined today by more than 270 utility workers from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the Province of New Brunswick. Many of the lineworkers began heading to Maine within hours of the storms’ peak on Monday, and the utility more than doubled its frontline workforce within the first full day of restoration work. As of 5 p.m., CMP reports that 40,720 customer accounts are still without power. The company has set a goal to reduce that number to fewer than 30,000 accounts by the end of the day.
“The states around us escaped the worst of this storm,” said John Carroll, CMP spokesman, “so we were able to call in assistance from nearby and get them into our restoration teams very quickly. Many of these crews have been in Maine before. They’re familiar with our systems, and they’ve been treated well by Maine people.”
CMP President Sara Burns and Gov. John Baldacci toured storm damage in Bath this morning, where Burns announced the utility’s goal to reduce the outage count to 30,000 or fewer by midnight tonight. She added that CMP has set a second goal: to complete outage restoration for all customers by late Thursday evening.
CMP has completed its storm recovery in several of its northern service areas, including Dover, Fairfield, Farmington, and Skowhegan. Crews will continue working through the night, but customers who are still without power by early evening should prepare for another night without power.
The company expects to restore service by Wednesday evening for customers in York County, southern Cumberland County, and in all areas north and west of a line from Rockland to Augusta. Some customers in communities along the mid-coast and west through Kennebec, Androscoggin and northern Cumberland counties may not have their power restored until Thursday evening.
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:
The company thanks the public for its cooperation in helping crews work safely and efficiently. Drivers can be most helpful by driving carefully when passing crews on the roadside. Customer should also direct any inquires or outage reports to the company through the outage reporting system, rather than interrupting crews who are working on repairs.
Maps showing the progress of outage restoration can be found on CMP’s public web site at http://www.cmpco.com/Outages/RestorationProgress.html.
Next update: 10:00 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.
— CMP —
Central Maine Power Company Line Worker Brian Noel of Skowhegan wades through fresh snow in Norridgewock, Maine on Tuesday.
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Utility workers from Central Maine Power Company contend with
snow banks and fallen trees in Freeport, Maine on Monday.
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