Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP brings in more crews to help with storm repair
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 27, 2010, 11 a.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) continues to bring in reinforcements to help local crews repair the damage from a storm that came through Maine this week. Today, an additional 180 utility workers from Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Michigan, and Missouri are expected to join the 270 lineworkers and 250 tree workers already in the field repairing damage and restoring service to customers. Another 350 people continue to assess damage, run equipment, and perform other support roles in the field and at CMP district offices. The additional out-of-state crews will bring the total number of workers involved to more than 1,050.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, crews had restored power to more than 69,000 customer accounts -- more than half of those who lost service when the storm came through Thursday night into Friday. An estimated 63,760 customer accounts remain without service, down from the Friday morning peak of 133,000.
“Along with the mutual aid from other utilities, tree companies, and contractors, we’ve received tremendous support from the Associated General Contractors of Maine,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “They have helped us coordinate lighting trucks, which enable us to work much more efficiency during the overnight hours and speed up service restoration.”
While the utility expects to make significant progress restoring service today, it will take a few more days to complete the work in some of the hardest-hit areas.
Outages by county as of 11a.m. Saturday:
CMP total: 63,760
Next update: 4:30 p.m.
About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s annual consumer sales of electricity. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit cmpco.com.