Central Maine Power Company reports tonight that 39,000 customer accounts remain without power after an estimated 123,000 lost service due to damage from an ice storm that struck Maine on Monday morning.

According to an update released at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sagadahoc County, which had a total of 6,827 customers reporting outages since Monday morning, was down to 1,440 accounts out as of 5 p.m. Cumberland County was reporting no outages. A total of 123,416 accounts reporting power outages since Monday morning was down to 39,956 accounts without power.

Lisbon, which had more than 1,500 customers out Tuesday, was down to about three customers without power as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday according to the CMP outage information website. Richmond had a little over 1,000 outages and is down to 638. Topsham customers reported 667 outages Tuesday afternoon but reported none as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Bowdoinham went from about 797 to 359 and Bowdoin from 479 to 256.

CMP reports it expects to reduce the number of outages to fewer than 30,000 customers by tonight.

“With help from companies from Canada and throughout the northeast, we have five times our normal number of line crews, and they have made steady progress in every county affected by the storm,” said John Carroll, a spokesman for CMP. “The work will continue through the night, but we realize that’s not much comfort to those customers facing another cold night.”

The CMP restoration effort included 1,800 personnel on Christmas Day including 455 line crews and 330 tree crews. CMP reported that it had at least one full restoration team on every circuit serving every community with outages.

County                 Current Outages           Customers reporting at              

                                                            least one outage since 1 a.m. Monday

Kennebec             21,023                                    43,281
Waldo                    9,375                                    20,581
Lincoln                   3,608                                      7,600
Hancock                2,761                                       5,130
Sagadahoc             1,440                                       6,287
Androscoggin          1,121                                    23,572
Knox                         535                                       4,463
Franklin                      45                                        2,391
Somerset                    34                                       4,929
Penobscot                  14                                          714
Cumberland                  –                                        2,181
Oxford                         –                                        1,923
Piscataquis                   –                                             60
York                            –                                           304
Total                     39,956                                   123,416


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