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Power back on for downtown residents

An early morning power outage is currently affecting over 1,100 Chugach Electric customers in...
An early morning power outage is currently affecting over 1,100 Chugach Electric customers in downtown Anchorage Tuesday.(Google Maps/Chugach Electric)
Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 8:05 AM AKDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2021 at 12:28 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - An early morning power outage left residents in the dark Tuesday in downtown Anchorage.

According to Chugach Electric spokeswoman Julie Hasquet, the outage was spread between Fifth and 20th Avenues, and between A and Orca Streets. An outage map on its website showed about 1,155 customers without power at one point. Power was restored around 9:20 a.m.

Hasquet said the exact cause of the outage is not known, but workers discovered a fault in one phase of a substation between 10th and 11th avenues, just west of E street. Hasquet said the crew moved the substation phase to a backup source of power while they troubleshooted the problem.

According to a community alert, the non-emergency line for Anchorage police also experienced a temporary outage, but an updated alert said service had been restored. According to an Anchorage police spokesperson, it is not confirmed whether the loss of the non-emergency line was due to the power outage.

This is a developing story. Check back for further updates.

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