Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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Power restored in many Maine counties
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 27, 2010, 4:30 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) expects to restore power to all customers in eight counties by tonight: Androscoggin, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, and Waldo. The company said it has restored power to more than 85,900 customer accounts since the storm’s peak on Friday. An estimated 47,099 customers in six coastal and southern counties remain without service, and some will be out for at least a second night.
“Many of our customers in those inland communities have had a difficult time over these past few days,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “They’ve had several rounds of snow since Wednesday, and some have lost power more than once. We’ll keep some crews in place to keep up with any new outages, but start funneling the bulk of resources into the remaining coastal counties for tomorrow.”
Fresh crews have been arriving in Maine from as far away as Missouri and Florida during the day, bringing the workforce to more than 1,000 field and support personnel. The company said it has developed efficient plans for integrating outside crews, who may be unfamiliar with CMP’s system and local roads. They are teamed up with CMP employees, and supplied with parts for making repairs, extra tools, GPS units, cell phones, meals, hotel rooms, vehicle repairs, bagged lunches, and any other items or services they need to keep them safe and well supplied during their stay in Maine.
While mild weather has made the crews’ jobs easier in much of the state, steady in snow in northern areas led to repeated outages in some communities. Along the coast, the restoration has been slowed by thousands of fallen trees that have blocked roads and snapped more than 220 utility poles.
Outages by county as of 4:30 p.m.
CMP Total: 47,099
Click here to see a map of storm outages and restoration progress by town.
Next update: 9:30 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.