Power outages that covered over 25 percent of Lincoln County on Christmas Eve have been reduced to only 80 households as of the 10:49 p.m. (Fri., Dec. 27) report from Central Maine Power Company.
The effort to restore power was made by crews from around the country, coordinated by CMP.
“I am grateful to our customers for their patience despite the cold,” said Sara Burns, president and chief executive officer of CMP. “We were also fortunate to have had the support of local businesses and emergency management agencies that helped us to keep more than two thousand workers safe, rested, and well-fed over the Christmas holiday.”
As the number of outages peaked at 87,000 state-wide on the morning of Christmas Eve, CMP mobilized an emergency response operation with 2,200 personnel, including an all-hands turnout from CMP employees plus 370 line crews and 450 tree crews on contract from utilities and private companies from Maine, Canada, and throughout the Northeast.
“I am tremendously proud of CMP’s employees and contractors for restoring service to 123,000 homes and businesses in just five days,” said Burns. “Our storm management team worked around the clock to keep everyone safe, productive and well cared for. In the field, our tree crews and line crews cut away the ice covered trees and limbs and repaired ice-bound equipment to restore service, all the time working safely despite cold, snowy conditions and long work days that began and ended in the dark.”