Maine utility completes ice storm reconnections

The Associated Press
Posted Dec. 18, 2008, at 10:57 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Central Maine Power Co. was bracing for another round of winter storms even as line crews from Maine and as far away as Michigan on Thursday completed the job of reconnecting customers who lost electricity because of last week’s ice storm.

At the peak, 220,000 customers were in the dark, and line workers were on the job for six days to repair damage caused by fallen trees and limbs. CMP said line crews brought the number of storm-related outages to 40 by Wednesday night and completed the job by Thursday morning.

The most difficult part of the restoration process came toward the end when utility crews reached dwellings on remote side roads and on camp roads near lakes and ponds.

Utility crews from other states and Canada came to Maine to help restore service, but with the final hookups Thursday they were sent back home, said CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice. The company then began assessing the potential impacts of the next round of storms headed for Maine.

A storm that’s expected to arrive this afternoon will leave up to 4 inches of snow in the southern part of the state, where the National Weather Service posted winter storm watches, and taper off farther north.

After a quiet Saturday, a more potent storm is due to arrive Sunday afternoon, with accumulations of around a foot in interior portions of the state and a few inches less along the coast.

“I think a large portion of the state could see a very significant accumulation,” Tom Hawley of the weather service said Thursday. The storm will be accompanied by high winds, especially as it moves out Monday, said Hawley.

The weather service said another batch of moisture would arrive for next Wednesday, just ahead of the Christmas holiday.

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