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Hurricane Irene leaves 182,000 Without Power as CMP Begins Damage Assessment and Multi-Day Restoration


AUGUSTA, Maine, August 28, 2011, 9 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) reports 182,000 customers without power as of 9 p.m. Nearly 230,000 CMP customers lost power at some point during the day as Hurricane Irene passed along the western edge of the company’s service area. Customers continue to report new outages, and high winds persist, keeping CMP crews working to de-energize and ground downed lines to protect the public. Crews have been able to restore power to some customers during the day

Extra lineworkers and tree crews from Maine and Canada are set to join the effort beginning at 5 a.m. Monday. In addition to continuing service restoration, crews will focus on a damage assessment, completing repairs to the company’s transmission lines, and completing power restoration to critical facilities such public safety facilities and shelters. CMP warns customers that the restoration work is likely take several days or more. The company expects to be able to provide more information regarding the timing of the restoration once personnel are able to complete their assessment of the damage.

Outages by county as of 9 p.m.:

York: 44,545
Cumberland: 34,330
Kennebec: 29,704
Androscoggin: 17,492
Oxford: 14,982
Sagadahoc: 7,769
Somerset: 7,160
Lincoln: 6,363
Penobscot: 5,984
Waldo: 5,835
Franklin: 3,359
Hancock: 2,095
Knox: 1,421
Piscataquis: 477

CMP Total: 181,516


Click here to see a map of storm outages by town.


Next update: 8/29, 9 a.m.

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.
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