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CMP Crews Gain Ground in Power Restoration

 

AUGUSTA, Maine, April 1, 2011 (5 p.m.) — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) crews continue work to repair damage caused by heavy, wet snow and high winds on Friday.

 

At 5 p.m., an estimated 19,000 customer accounts were without service. The number of outages reached a peak of 25,000 in the early afternoon.


CMP brought in additional line and tree contractors to help local crews. With heavy snow still falling in many northern and inland areas, the company has nearly 600 workers in the field and in support roles this afternoon, working to make downed lines safe, assess damage, and restore power.


Here is a complete list of outages by county:

 

 County

 Outages

 Androscoggin

 1,848

 Cumberland

 2,151

 Franklin

 186

 Hancock

 755

 Kennebec

 2,121

 Knox

 3,747

 Lincoln

3,177

 Oxford

 246

 Penobscot

 108

 Piscataquis

 10

 Sagadahoc

  1,009

 Somerset

 519

 Waldo

 1,414

 York

Total

 1,882

19,173

 

“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: 9 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.


 

  

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