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CMP storm repair effort nears final stages   


AUGUSTA, Maine, February 25, 2009, 5 p.m. — Central Maine Power Co. (CMP) has now restored power to more than 93 percent of customers affected by this week’s severe winter storm. At 5 p.m., the utility reports fewer than 8,400 customer accounts affected by the storm 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 many Midcoast region communities and some isolated locations in other parts of the state.


“We have nearly a thousand people in the field, clearing trees and repairing lines,” said John Carroll, CMP spokesman. “Our crews have made good progress, but the job becomes more labor intensive as we work our way to side streets and more isolated locations.”
Deep snow, tree debris, and roads narrowed by large snow banks continue to challenge crews working to restore power to the remaining customers. As the restoration process moves along, each repair brings back fewer and fewer customers.


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:

Alfred: 89
Augusta: 162
Bridgton: 68
Brunswick: 7,700
Lewiston: 14
Rockland/Belfast: 305
Total: 8,338

 

While outage restoration efforts will continue around the clock, people without service at mid-evening should prepare for another night without power. A list of towns and roads likely to be without power for the night will be released before 7 p.m. and will be posted on CMP’s web site.


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: 10 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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