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CMP bringing in more crews to help with storm repair
AUGUSTA, Maine, Nov. 8, 2010 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) is bringing in more crews to help fix damage caused by strong gusty winds from a powerful coastal storm that came through the area overnight. A number of contractor crews were already working on storm repairs this morning, and additional crews from contractors and CMP’s affiliate utilities in New York are expected here later today.
Winds from the storm blew trees and large limbs onto power lines, disrupting power to thousands of homes and businesses. At 11:30 a.m. Monday, an estimated 47,598 customer accounts were without service.
“We completed our ‘make safe’ work and with the winds starting to ease, have made some progress throughout the service area this morning,” said CMP spokesperson Gail Rice. “There is still considerable debris blocking access to some of the worst damage, so it will be some time before our crews can complete restoration.”
With “make safe” work and restoration to circuits serving critical facilities complete, crews have begun work on primary feeders that serve large numbers of customers. Then they move to secondary lines, then to branch lines serving small neighborhoods, and finally to single service drops.
CMP has set a goal to complete restoration in Kennebec and Waldo Counties by late this evening. The company expects to provide estimated restoration times for other areas later today. While it expects to make some considerable progress this afternoon, customers in some of the harder hit areas could be without service into Tuesday.
Crews have found more than 60 broken utility poles, and that number is likely to go up further.
Here are the outages by county as of 11:30 a.m. Monday:
CMP Total: 47,598
The company urges 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 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.
Next update: 4:30 p.m.
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.