Maine power utility reports 31,000 still in the dark

AUGUSTA, Maine, Jan. 14, 2002 — Central Maine Power Co. reported about 31,000 customers, mostly in the mid-coast area from Bath to Castine, remained without electricity at 10 a.m. as repair efforts continued.

Line and tree crews working through the night enabled CMP to restore service to roughly 30,000 customer locations since the peak of Sunday’s storm damage.

Wet, heavy snow and winds caused numerous downed lines and broken poles. Some repairs required removing fallen trees and replacing poles before lines could be reinstalled and reenergized.

CMP said nearly 16,000 customer locations were without electric service in the Brunswick area, about 9,500 in the Rockland-Belfast area, and about 4,000 in the Augusta area. Smaller, scattered outages were still being cleared in other parts of CMP’s 11,000-square-mile service territory.

CMP said heavy damage to circuit equipment and lines in the mid-coast area would delay service restoration for many customers until Tuesday. Most outages in other areas were expected to be cleared by Monday evening.

Central Maine Power operates more than 20,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine’s population. Its Web site is www.cmpco.com.

CMP is a subsidiary of Energy East Corp., a super-regional energy services and delivery company serving electric and gas customers in New York and New England. Energy East’s trading symbol on the New York Stock Exchange is EAS.

For more information, visit Central Main Power’s web site at http://www.cmpco.com/.


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