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CMP Crews Working to Repair Outages from April Fool's Day Storm
AUGUSTA, Maine, April 1, 2011 (noon) — Damage caused by heavy, wet snow and high winds has kept Central Maine Power Company (CMP) crews busy today. At 11:45 Friday morning, an estimated 18,343 customer accounts were without service.
“While we do considerable tree trimming throughout the year to improve reliability, storms like this with heavy, wet snow and high winds can still be a challenge,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “Our first priority right now is to make sure downed wires are grounded, de-energized, and made safe while we assess the damage. We will not be able to provide a reliable projection for restoration until that damage assessment is more complete.”
In some areas, entire trees have been uprooted from the soft ground and have fallen onto power lines. There are also many reports of limbs and branches loaded with snow coming into contact with lines. Treacherous road conditions have also slowed progress for storm damage assessment and repair.
CMP is bringing in additional line and tree contractors to help local crews fix the damage.
Here is a complete list of outages by county:
County: Customers Out
The company urges customers to use caution if they see downed lines.
“Everyone should stay clear of any downed power lines and 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.
If outages occur, customers should call the toll-free outage hotline: 1-800-696-1000. Additional information on storm safety can be found on CMP’s web site at http://www3.cmpco.com/outage/.
CMP will also issue storm updates on Twitter. People can follow CMP by going to http://www.twitter.com/@cmpco.
Next update: 5 p.m.
The above photo shows an uprooted tree at a home in Bath.
About CMP and Iberdrola USA: CMP, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution company, serving more than 600,000 customers. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company with more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company.
For more information, visit www.cmpco.com and www.iberdrolausa.com.