Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336
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CMP Storm outages down to 41,000 after 207,000 lose power
AUGUSTA, Maine, October 30, 2011, 9 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP) continues to make steady progress in efforts to restore power to customers who lost service after heavy, wet snow and strong winds came through Maine over the weekend. At 8:45 p.m., an estimated 41,000 customers remained without service. That is down from a peak of about 145,000 Sunday morning. The utility estimates about 207,000 homes and businesses lost service at some point during the storm.
While CMP expects to have some crews working during the overnight hours, customers who have not had their service restored by 10 p.m. Sunday are likely to remain without power through the night.
CMP expects to have service restored to nearly all of its customers by late Monday night. The only exceptions will be where damage was particularly widespread -- in many York County communities and scattered in parts of Sagadahoc and Lincoln Counties in Maine’s Midcoast.
Here’s a list of outages by county as of 8:30 p.m.
County Customers out
York 20,560 18%
Lincoln 5,275 20%
Cumberland 4,510 3%
Sagadahoc 3,110 15%
Androscoggin 2,867 5%
Kennebec 1,693 2%
Franklin 1,238 6%
Knox 939 4%
Oxford 508 1%
Somerset 224 1%
Waldo 82 0%
Penobscot 24 0%
Hancock 11 0%
Total 41,041 7%
CMP urges customers to report outages to the toll-free outage hotline: 1-800-696-1000.
CMP also reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews at night or on slippery roads. The working conditions are difficult, and the workers appreciate everyone’s consideration for their safety.
Customers using generators are urged to follow all instructions in the equipment’s owners manual. Generators should never be run indoors, or even in an open garage. For more information on safe generator operation, refer to CMP’s web page on generator safety: http://www.cmpco.com/UsageAndSafety/electricalsafety/GeneratorSafety/default.html.
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.
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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 four 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.