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CMP sets goal to complete restoration by late Monday evening
AUGUSTA, Maine, February 28, 2010, noon — While touring parts of York County with Governor John Baldacci this morning, Central Maine Power Company (CMP) President Sara Burns stated the utility has set a goal to complete power restoration from last week’s storm by late Monday evening. She cautioned, however, that forecasts for inclement weather are challenging crews.
“We have set a goal to restore power by late Monday to all the homes and businesses affected by last week’s storm,” she said. “We are concerned about the winter storm forecast to come to the area this evening, which could slow our progress or cause new outages, but we remain committed to our goal.”
Power has already been restored to more than 100,000 customers since the outages peaked at 133,000 on Friday morning, however new snow and slippery roads contributed to new outages in many areas. As of midday, fewer than 33,000 homes and businesses were without power.
The utility continues to bring more utility crews into Maine to reinforce the more than 1,000 people that have been working in the field and in CMP offices on storm repair.
Some of the field work has been challenging, according to CMP spokesperson Gail Rice.
“We’ve had more than 240 broken poles from this storm, far exceeding what we experienced in the winter storm of February 2009 and even the ice storm of December 2008,” she says. “Some of those poles need to be reset in ledge, which requires special equipment. It’s a labor-intensive and time-consuming process.”
Outages by county as of midday Sunday:
Click here to see a map of storm outages and restoration progress by town.
Next update: 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
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.