CMP crews head to Pennsylvania to help with widespread outages

7:24 PM, Feb 6, 2014   |    comments
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KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Crews from Central Maine Power are on their way to Pennsylvania at this hour to assist utility crews in that state deal with massive outages.

The crews gathered at the Kennebunk rest area along the Maine Turnpike Thursday morning. After a brief pep talk and some last minute safety reminders, they boarded their trucks for the long trek.

Twenty-five, two man crews, along with supervisors and contractors, are heading to Pennsylvania. CMP is part of a group of Northeast utility companies that assist each other on large outages. Several crews from other states came to Maine back in December when more than 100,000 Mainers were without electricity.

The Governor of Pennsylvania has declared a disaster emergency after an ice and snow storm damaged infrastructure and left hundreds of thousands of utility customers without power.

"One estimate was for 750,000 customer accounts without service down there. About half a million are with PECO, the company we're going down to assist. PECO described this as the second worst disaster in their area, so they need some help", said Gail Rice, CMP spokesperson.

There's no set timetable for CMP workers in Pennsylvania. They've been told they could be there for as long as week.


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