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CMP crews make good progress fixing storm damage
AUGUSTA, Maine, July 22, 2010, 11 a.m. — Crews from Central Maine Power Company (CMP) are making good progress fixing damage caused by severe thunderstorms packing high winds that came through parts of southern Maine Wednesday evening. CMP has set a goal to have power restored to customers in Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, and Oxford Counties by Friday afternoon; and to customers in York County by late Friday evening.
The winds from the storms uprooted trees and brought them down onto power lines in many communities throughout southern Maine.
At 11 a.m. Thursday, crews had restored power to nearly 70 percent of the 23,000 affected at the peak Wednesday evening, and an estimated 7,200 customer accounts were without service. Hardest hit are York County with 5,580 accounts without service, Cumberland County with 990 customers affected, and Sagadahoc County, with an estimated 450 customers without service. Smaller outage numbers are reported in Lincoln and Oxford Counties.
“Our assessors have found more than 44 broken utility poles, mostly in York and Cumberland Counties, and that number is likely to go up as the assessment continues,” said CMP spokesperson Gail Rice. “Downed trees have hindered access and slowed our progress in some areas.”
CMP has hundreds of people in the field assessing damage, cleaning up downed trees, and putting the system back together. Many more are performing support roles in Service Centers and other facilities. The company has also brought in additional crews from contractors and neighboring utilities to reinforce the local crews.
The company continues to urge customers to use caution if they see downed lines.
“Everyone should stay clear of any downed power lines and fallen trees or limbs that may be tangled in the lines,” said Rice. “These should all be considered live and dangerous. Customers should leave the clean-up to our crews, who 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 can be 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 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. Iberdrola USA, part of the Spanish-based Iberdrola Group, serves nearly 3 million gas and electric customers in five northeastern states through six subsidiaries in the region including CMP. For more information, visit cmpco.com.