WATERVILLE — More than 2,100 people in the southern end of the city lost power Monday morning after a piece of line equipment failed on West River Road.

The power went out for 2,125 customers at 7:49 a.m., according to Gail Rice, a spokeswoman for Central Maine Power.

A clamp that holds wires up on the post broke, causing the wires to fall, Rice said. The accident was a mechanical failure and was not related to weather, she said. There were no reported injuries.

The company inspects its distribution system on a five-year cycle to identify and replace aging equipment, she said.

“We do routine preventative maintenance to catch things before they fail, but we can’t catch everything,” she said.

About 1,600 CMP customers got power back within 51 minutes, Rice said. Power came back for the remainder at 9:18 a.m.


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