Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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Power restored to nearly 20,000 customers affected by severe storms
AUGUSTA, Maine, July 22, 2010, 5 p.m. — Crews from Central Maine Power Company (CMP) has restored service to 85 percent of those affected by Wednesday evening’s severe thunderstorms. CMP’s goal is to have power restored to customers in Cumberland County by Friday afternoon and to customers in York County by late Friday evening. Earlier today, crews finished repairs in Androscoggin, Lincoln, Knox, Oxford, and Sagadahoc Counties.
At 5 p.m. Thursday, an estimated 3,400 customer accounts remained without service – 2,900 in York County and 400 in Cumberland County. At the peak of the storm Wednesday evening, an estimated 23,000 customer accounts were without service.
“Our crews have made tremendous progress, considering the extent of the damage, and we have had wonderful support from public works, emergency management, and other personnel in southern Maine communities that were affected,” said CMP spokesperson Gail Rice. “We have already restored power to the majority of the homes and businesses that lost service, and we’ll continue working until the last customers are back on line.”
This evening, CMP will release a list of towns and roads where customers are expected to be without service overnight.
CMP has hundreds of people in the field assessing damage, cleaning up downed trees, and restoring service. 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.
Following are photos of storm damage and repair efforts in the York County towns of Limerick, Alfred, and Shapleigh:
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.