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CMP storm recovery wraps up

AUGUSTA, Maine, March 2, 2010, 4 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) reports that it will restore power this evening for the last of its customers following the recent snow and winds. A heavy snowfall in inland areas of Franklin and Somerset Counties on Thursday morning, February 25th, caused more than 6,000 outages. This was followed by high winds along the coast late Thursday night that left 133,000 homes and businesses without power by 10 a.m. Friday. A final spike of coastal winds on Monday caused nearly 5,000 additional outages, extending the company’s recovery timeline into Tuesday.


 “We’re grateful to all of our customers for their patience. We set an aggressive goal to complete the restoration by Monday night, but the strong winds on Monday morning brought too many new outages,” said Sara Burns, president of Central Maine Power. “We moved all our crews into the remaining communities this morning, and we’re confident we’ll be done today.”


 The company expects to restore power to all customers by early evening. As of 4 p.m., the remaining power outages by town are as follows:


Arrowsic      14
Eliot     10
Georgetown      6
Harpswell      54
Kittery      29
North Berwick      2
Ogunquit      5
Phippsburg      15
Saco      10
Southport      8
Woolwich      91
York      10
Total      254

February 2010 Storm facts

  • Peak outages - 133,326 (10:00 a.m. Friday, 2/26/2010).
  • The fifth highest peak outages in twenty-five years.
  • Customer accounts affected: - 204,914 out at least once; 54,876 out at least twice
  • Broken poles - 351, second highest number since the 1998 Ice Storm
  • Mutual aid crews from Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada.

Click here to see a map of storm outages and restoration progress by town.


This is the final update for this storm


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