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Power outages strike Downtown, East Anchorage

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Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 8:37 PM AKDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2021 at 10:36 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Power was knocked out on a group of streets in Downtown Anchorage for several hours Thursday night, according to Chugach Electric.

The power utility company posted on its Facebook page that a crew was on the way to address the outage just after 7 p.m. A company spokesperson said the outage occurred at 6:50 p.m. The company posted again later Thursday night that power had been restored by 10:15 p.m.

It affected an area from 3rd Avenue to 8th Avenue, and from K Street to C Street. Everything contained within that area, from buildings to traffic lights, was likely being affected, they said. According to the company’s website, the downtown outage affected about 280 customers.

An Anchorage Police Department representative confirmed that officers went to the scene to assist the crew from Chugach Electric.

Several businesses, including Tent City Taphouse and Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse were affected. The taphouse posted on its Facebook page that it was temporarily closing due to the outate.

Dial Hoang said he was in Humpy’s when the power went out. He said everyone took it in stride and make the best of it. People were still filing out of the business when he left around 7:30 p.m., he said.

Information on a potential cause of the outage was not immediately available.

There was also a separate outage in East Anchorage, according to the Chugach Electric’s website, affecting about 116 customers near Debarr Road and Muldoon Road. That outage was reported at 8:30 p.m.

According to a subsequent post on their Facebook page, Chugach Electric had a crew on site patrolling the affected line and looking for the outage source by 10 p.m.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.

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