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CMP makes progress repairing storm damage


AUGUSTA, Maine, Oct. 15, 2010, 4:30 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) crews are making progress in efforts to repair damage from Friday’s rain and wind storm. As of 4:30 Friday afternoon, power had been restored to more than 14,000 homes and businesses, and an estimated 8,300 customer accounts remained without service. Most of those outages are in coastal communities in Cumberland, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo Counties, though there are scattered outages elsewhere. Outages peaked at more than 22,000 customer accounts at about noon on Friday.

 

 “Our crews made some good progress this afternoon,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “As the highest winds eased inland and along the south coast, we were able to move crews east and north to coastal counties where we had the most damage. Our crews will continue working through the night, but we are likely to have some customers out until morning. We’re still concerned about the forecast for Saturday, as the winds are expected to back to the northwest and gust near 40 miles per hour again. We’re preparing for more problems across the service area tomorrow.”

 

Outages by county as of 4:30 p.m. Friday:
 
Knox: 2681
Lincoln: 1706
Waldo: 1125
Cumberland: 1075
Sagadahoc: 492
Somerset: 381
Piscataquis: 308
Franklin: 224
Oxford: 186
Kennebec: 56
Hancock: 49
York: 0
Androscoggin: 0
Penobscot: 0
 
 Total: 8283
 

The company urges customers to use caution if they see downed lines.

 

CMP also reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews in the roadway. The working conditions are 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.

 

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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. 

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