Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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Power back on for more than 30,000 customers
AUGUSTA, Maine, Nov. 8, 2010 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) has restored power to more than 30,000 of the customers who lost service after an intense coastal storm packing heavy rain and high winds came through the area overnight.
Winds from the storm blew trees and large limbs onto power lines, disrupting power to thousands of homes and businesses. At the height of the storm at 9 a.m. Monday, an estimated 61,445 customer accounts were without service. By 4:30 p.m. Monday, CMP had cut that number nearly in half to 31,430.
“We have been able to make good progress despite the persistent breezy conditions,” said CMP spokesperson Gail Rice. “There is still much more to be done, and CMP will have crews working through the night to restore service to remaining customers as quickly as we can.”
CMP expects to have nearly all customers in Waldo and Franklin Counties back in service by late this evening. Customers in Kennebec County should have service back by early Tuesday. While CMP expects to make more progress in the rest of the service area this evening, some customers in harder hit sections of Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Androscoggin, Oxford, and York Counties are likely to be without service overnight. A list of towns that will have customers without service overnight will be released by 8 p.m.
The utility expects to have service restored to all customers by late Tuesday.
Here are the outages by county as of 4:30 p.m. Monday:
CMP Total: 31,430
Crews have found 87 broken utility poles.
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 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 storm update: 9 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.