Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP responding to power outages
AUGUSTA, Maine, January 1, 2008, 10:30 p.m. — Central Maine Power Company reports 8,980 outages as winter storm brings heavy, wet snow to the region.
“The reports of outages began trickling in around 5:30 in the afternoon, then spiked to more than 11,000 shortly after 9:00 p.m.,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. "The snow is heavy and wet, especially along the coast, and that’s bringing tree limbs down onto the wires. Crews will be working through the night, but the snow is still falling in many areas, so some customers may not have their power back before tomorrow.”
Following is a breakdown of outages by Service Center. Each Service Center includes the city or town listed and about a dozen surrounding communities. A map showing the service areas is available on the company’s outage page on its website at www.cmpco.com.
CMP offers customers some simple steps to stay safe and comfortable if power outages do occur.
· Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.
· When you use an emergency heating source, like a wood stove, fireplace, or kerosene heater, keep fuels away from the flames and be sure to ventilate properly.
· Never use grills or camp stoves indoors — they can give off dangerous gases.
· For customers with generators:
o Carefully read and observe all instructions in your generator's owner manual.
o Don't run a generator indoors, even in an open garage.
o Hire a licensed electrician to install permanent generators and transfer switches.
o Make sure portable generators are properly grounded.
o Don't store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it's running.
o Refer to CMP’s web page on generator safety: http://www.cmpco.com/UsageAndSafety/electricalsafety/GeneratorSafety/default.html
The company urges customers to use caution if they see downed lines.
“Everyone should stay clear of any downed power lines and fallen trees or limbs that may be tangled in the lines,” said Carroll. “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. I know we say this over and over, but it’s a simple lesson that could save someone’s life.”
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.
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.
About CMP: Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, operates more than 25,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine’s population. Web site: www.cmpco.com.
About Energy East: Energy East Corporation is a respected, super-regional energy services and delivery company serving about 3 million customers throughout upstate New York and New England. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally responsible manner, Energy East will continue to be a valuable asset to the communities we serve.
— CMP —