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Release: Immediate  

 

CMP Crews Make Progress Repairing Storm Damage

 

AUGUSTA, Maine, January 31, 2013, 5 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has restored service to more than 70,000 homes and businesses affected by today’s wind storm. At 4:30 p.m., an estimated 22,000 customer accounts remained without service. The wind storm that swept through Maine on Thursday brought gusts over 50 miles per hour that knocked out power to more than 94,000 homes and businesses in CMP’s service area. The number of outages peaked at more than 44,000 at midday.

 

“We have been able to make good progress today, and we hope that will continue well into the evening,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “We expect to have many of the remaining customers back on by late tonight, but some customers won’t get their service restored until sometime tomorrow.”

 

Outages by county:

Lincoln: 7,447
Sagadahoc: 3,402
Somerset: 2,507
Cumberland: 2,174
Waldo: 1,926
Kennebec: 1,663
Knox: 1,002
Penobscot: 770
Hancock: 504
York: 438
Androscoggin: 211
Franklin: 133
Oxford: 62
Piscataquis: 36
CMP Total: 22,275

CMP has had 125 line crews, about 40 tree crews, and many additional personnel in the field all day working to clear debris and fix storm damage. The utility urges motorists who pass crews along the roadsides to exercise caution and give them room to do their jobs safely and efficiently.

 

Next update: 10 p.m.

 

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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 six times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit cmpco.com .

 

About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company serving more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit www.iberdrolausa.com.