Work winding down, but storm repairs far from finished

7:24 PM, Dec 27, 2013   |    comments
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LINCOLNVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Power line crews are making enough progress fixing ice storm damage that a few of the out-of-state crews were sent home Friday.

Trucks and line workers from MTV Solutions, a private electrical contractor in Massachusetts, rounded up their equipment at the Samoset Resort in Rockport and then headed south. They had been in Maine since Sunday repairing storm damage. A CMP spokesperson said sending some of those crews home is a sign the overall repair effort is beginning to wind down.

However, plenty of other line crews and tree-cutting crews are still on the job, along with Central Maine Power's own crews. In Lincolnville, as in many other towns, they were going road-by-road, cutting branches, making repairs and reconnecting power.
Workers told us the 17 hour days have been tiring, and they missed being home for Christmas -- but say that's part of the job and, as several of them said,"for a good cause."

Waldo County, where Lincolnville is located, continues to have the second-highest number of outages in the CMP system, after Kennebec. Those numbers were reduced significantly Friday, as Waldo County dropped to 767 individual power outages - down from a high of more than 18,000 on Monday night.

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