Power restoration woes fuel frustration, rancor in Lebanon

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This photo is from Prospect Hill Road on Monday. The tree has been removed and the road is open, but the road is one of many in Lebanon still without power. (Rochester Voice photo)

A CMP spokesperson said today that despite rumblings among Lebanon residents on social media that many communities aren't getting any attention in the company's power restoration effort, there are tree clearing crews and linemen in every town and city across Maine.

While power has been restored to the vast majority of households in Milton and Rochester, some 75 percent of Lebanon is still in the dark as of today, prompting some rancor and resentment from customers.

"I've seen some comments on social media that are saying 'there's no power crews within 50 miles' and that's just not the case," CMP spokesperson Gail Rice said today. "People might not see them cause they're on another road."

Monday's wind and rain storm took down 500 poles across the state, she added, and is by far the worst storm outage event that CMP has even had to contend with.

In the ice storm from the late '90s, the heretofore worst storm, some 360,000 homes were without power, leaving some in the dark for 23 days.

"I guarantee it won't be like that this time," she said.

CMP's outage indicator page shows some in Lebanon can expect power back by late Saturday, however Rice said many could see their lights back on today, Thursday or Friday.

"Right now we're in the meat of restoration, and could see some good progress," she added.

She said with some 1,800 workers out in the field now, she hoped for some 100,000 more customers to be back on line today.

In all, CMP reported that in Lebanon 2,400 of 3,100 customers still were without power. In York County, 32,000 remain in the dark as of today.

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