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CMP to continue storm repairs through the night
AUGUSTA, Maine, Nov. 8, 2010 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) will have crews working through the night in efforts to restore power to customers who lost service after an intense coastal storm packing heavy rain and high winds came through the area late Sunday and early Monday.
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 9 p.m. Monday, CMP had restored power to about three-quarters of those affected. An estimated 15,460 customer accounts remained without service.
“While we will have some crews on rest, others will be working through the night repairing the damage from this intense coastal storm,” said CMP spokesperson Gail Rice. “Additional crews have arrived from our affiliate in New York, and on Tuesday morning we will have hundreds of people rested up and ready to go out and complete the job.”
Virtually all affected customers in Waldo and Franklin Counties have their power back this evening, and customers in Kennebec County should have service back by early Tuesday. CMP expects to have service restored to remaining customers in the harder hit sections of Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Androscoggin, Oxford, and York Counties by late Tuesday.
Here are the outages by county as of 9 p.m. Monday:
CMP Total: 15,460
Crews have found about 100 broken utility poles.
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: Tuesday morning.
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.