Staff at Central Maine Power Co. have been monitoring weather forecasts and are prepared for a major winter storm that could bring heavy snow and strong winds to Maine Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, according to a CMP bulletin.
“Every hour of every day, we are prepared to respond to power interruptions, but in a case like this, all employees throughout the company are on heightened alert,” said Sara Burns, president and CEO of CMP. “Our customer relations centers, line crews, and other personnel are prepared, and we have materials on hand to repair any damage to our electricity delivery systems.”
According to CMP, “storm readiness teams” have been holding planning meetings, and the company is pre-positioning personnel and equipment to ensure that adequate resources are in place to restore power outages that might occur as a result of the storm.
If needed, CMP can also call on resources from the other energy companies in Connecticut and New York, as well as contractors and regional mutual assistance partners, according to the bulletin. CMP is also coordinating its preparations with the Maine Emergency Management Agency and county emergency management personnel.
The CMP bulletin notes that: “Current forecasts call for the storm to track up the Maine coast, producing heavy snow and gusty winds Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. This could put tree limbs into contact with power lines and may create dangerous travel conditions that could lead to car-pole crashes.”