Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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Power back on for more than 90 percent of affected customers
AUGUSTA, Maine, Nov. 9, 2010 — Crews working for Central Maine Power Company (CMP) have restored power to 94 percent of those who lost service during the rain and wind storm that hit Maine Sunday and Monday. By 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, an estimated 3,670 customer accounts remained without service. At the storm’s peak Monday morning, an estimated 61,445 homes and businesses were without power.
Nearly 500 line and tree workers, plus hundreds of additional support personnel in the field and in CMP offices, have been working throughout southern and coastal areas in an effort to finish storm repairs today.
“Crews have been working since daybreak on every circuit where outages were reported,” says CMP spokesperson Gail Rice. “The work at the stage is very labor-intensive, as each repair brings back only a small number of customers. But we’re determined to keep going until the job is done.”
While CMP has been striving toward a goal to complete restoration to all customers by late Tuesday evening, there will be small pockets of customers in communities served by the utility’s Lewiston, Bridgton, and Brunswick Service Centers are likely to be without service into Wednesday. A list of affected towns and roads will be released Tuesday evening.
Here are the outages by county as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
CMP Total: 3,670
Crews have found more than 115 broken utility poles.
CMP continues to urge customers to use caution if they see downed lines, and reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews in the roadway.
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: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday
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.