Knox County down to 246 without power
Central Maine Power Company continues to make progress in efforts to restore power to customers who lost service in this week’s ice storm.
As of 11 a.m., Dec. 26, the company reports 246 in Knox County are without power.
About 21,000 customers statewide do not have power. The company has made steady progress since the number of outages peaked at 87,000 on Tuesday morning. The utility estimates more than 123,000 customers have lost service at some point during the storm.
“Yesterday, our goals were to keep all our crews safe, working, and well-fed on Christmas Day, while getting our outage count below 30,000,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “We met those goals, but progress today could be slower because it’s snowing and at this stage in the recovery, many crews are working in a lot of remote areas where the roads are narrow or barely passable.”
CMP reports that it has deployed 2,200 personnel in the storm recovery, including 455 two-man line crews and 450 tree crews. The company expects to restore power to the majority of customers by late tonight, although snow and difficult working conditions are likely to push the final restoration into Friday, especially for customers in rural areas or where access is difficult.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.
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