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CMP trims customer outages to below 3,600

AUGUSTA, Maine, February 25, 2009, 10 p.m. — Central Maine Power Co. (CMP) has now reduced the number of customer outages from this week’s severe winter storm to fewer than 3,600. At 9:30 p.m., the utility reports and estimated 3.565 customer accounts without power. The company completed restoration in Greater Portland, the Capital region, and most of Androscoggin County today. Repair efforts continue for customers in Midcoast communities and some isolated locations in other parts of the state.


“We made good progress today, thanks to the efforts of our own crews and support personnel, tree crews, and the many reinforcements that came here from other New England states and New Brunswick,” said CMP spokesperson Gail Rice. “We remain committed to our goal to complete restoration by late Thursday.”


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:

Bridgton: 10
Brunswick: 3,490
Rockland/Belfast: 65
Total: 3,565

 

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 is posted on CMP’s web site at www.cmpco.com.

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: Thursday 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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