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CMP Continues Work to Repair Storm Damage


 
AUGUSTA, Maine, June 3, 2013 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, reports that crews have restored power to nearly 85 percent of customers who lost service Sunday after a line of thunderstorms packing high winds, heavy rain, and hail came through Maine. At 11:30 a.m., an estimated 5,300 customers remained without service, most in Maine’s western mountains and foothills.

 

CMP expects to have service restored to virtually all customers by late this evening.

 

The utility had been tracking weather reports throughout the weekend, and was quick to respond when the thunderstorms moved into western Maine early Sunday evening.

 

“We immediately activated our storm plan and started moving more crews to the areas with the greatest damage,” said Joe Purington, director of Electric Distribution at CMP. “As crews worked through the night to restore power to more than 10,000 customers, additional reinforcements from southern Maine were gearing up. They were in Farmington by 7 a.m. today and joined the others with the goal to finish the job by this evening.”

 

An estimated 300 people, including lineworkers, pole-setting crews, tree crews, assessors, safety specialists, supervisors, and others are working in the field and in CMP offices on service restoration.

 

CMP estimates that 31,000 customers lost service at some point during the storm. The damage was heaviest in parts of Oxford, Franklin, Piscataquis, and Somerset Counties, where a combination of heavy rain and strong winds uprooted trees and brought them down onto power lines. CMP reports 15 broken poles, most in Franklin and Somerset Counties. Storm debris blocked access to some areas, and roads needed to be cleared before utility crews could move in and complete repairs.

 

Here is a list of remaining outages by county:

 

Here is an estimate of remaining outages by county:

 

Oxford: 2,195
Somerset: 1,290
Penobscot: 753
Piscataquis: 430
Franklin: 415
Kennebec: 214
Cumberland: 13
CMP Total: 5,310 

 

Next update: 4 p.m.

 

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The broken pole above is just one example of the kind of damage seen after Sunday's severe thunderstorms. This photo was taken in the Rangeley area.

 

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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 seven 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.