Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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Central Maine Power storm restoration continues in areas hardest hit by winter storm
AUGUSTA, Maine, February 25, 2009, noon — Central Maine Power Co. (CMP) reports that 17,500 customer accounts remain without power. The company expects to complete its restoration in many areas by late today, but the restoration is likely to extend into Thursday for some customers in the mid-coast region and some isolated locations west of Gardiner.
“We have nearly a thousand people in the field, clearing trees and repairing lines,” said John Carroll, CMP spokesman. “Our crews should make good progress, today, but the job becomes more labor intensive as we start working our way to more isolated customers.”
Waist-deep snow has remained a challenge for crews working on lines through remote areas. For example, in the town of Hope, Maine, it took a crew of five working on snowshoes more than six hours yesterday to cut their way one-half mile down a wooded right-of-way. Today, a four-man line crew returned to the site for another four to six hours on snow machines and snowshoes to replace downed lines and damaged equipment. CMP estimates that it will require more than 50 man-hours plus equipment time to restore power to about half-dozen year-round homes on Lermond Pond.
“We prioritize our work to restore the largest number of customers in the least amount of time, but we also have thousands of customers who live in beautiful but remote places,” said Carroll. “It takes time and resources to work our way down every camp road and out to shorefront sites on the coast, so we appreciate our customers’ patience.”
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:
Maps showing the progress of outage restoration can be found on CMP’s public web site at CMP map of outages and restoration by town. A map of the CMP service areas and other outage information can also be found on the company’s website at Central Maine Power Company.
Next update: 5:00 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.
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