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CMP crews tackling scattered outages as heavy snow, high winds pelt area

 

AUGUSTA, Maine, Dec. 9, 2009 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) crews are hard at work this evening, repairing damage to the electric grid from the season’s first major winter storm.

“So far, our crews have been able to keep up with the scattered outages reported this afternoon and early evening,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “But heavy snow loading up tree limbs and branches, combined with strong gusty winds, could cause new outages as this storm continues to move through the area this evening and overnight.”

At 4:30 p.m., CMP reported scattered outages in its service area. Here is a breakdown by county:

  
Cumberland: 1,953
 
Lincoln: 700
 
Oxford: 460
 
Knox: 314
 
Sagadahoc: 211
 
York: 20
 
Total: 3,658
 

“Crews will be working through the night to repair damage and respond to new outage calls as they come in,” said Carroll. “And as always, people should stay clear of any downed power lines and fallen trees or limbs that may be tangled in them. These should all be considered live and dangerous, and our crews are trained and equipped to handle these situations safely.”

CMP also reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews in the roadway. The working conditions are difficult, and they will appreciate everyone’s consideration for their safety.

Additional information on storm safety and restoration, including a town-by-town listing of outages in the CMP service area with an area map, can be found on CMP’s web site at www.cmpco.com.

 

About CMP: Central Maine Power 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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