Power restored to downtown Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Over 200 residents of downtown Anchorage were without power for most of Saturday after an outage occurred at 10:24 p.m. Friday night. All Chugach Power customers in Anchorage had power restored by 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night.
According to Senior Manager of Corporate Communications for Chugach Electric Julie Hasquet, the final members along 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue had power restored just after 7 p.m., Saturday, with the exception of the Post Office Mall/Sunshine Plaza.
Hasquet said in an email to Alaska’s News Source that transformer at the Post Office Mall/Sunshine Plaza is being replaced. They expect work to be completed and power restored to the mall by about 10 p.m. Saturday.
Hasquet posted to the company social media accounts at 5:47 a.m. acknowledging the outage, located between 3rd Avenue and 5th Avenue, Eagle Street and H Street.
Hasquet told Alaska’s News Source in an email at 4:33 p.m. that 41 of the 45 services experiencing outages are in the 300 block between 4th Ave and 5th Ave, and is expected to be fixed quickly.
“This should go faster as the crew is bypassing the failed switch cabinet which will allow those members to be re-energized,” Hasquet wrote.
The other four customers without power are in the Post Office mall, which Hasquet estimates will take longer due to difficulties accessing a transformer padmount.
“The crew is in the field working and they’ll keep working until they get it solved but at this point we don’t know,” Hasquet said. “They’re out there working trying to figure it out.”
According to an update posted at 12:40 p.m., Chugach Electric had identified a fault in the transformer.
“Crews also believe there is a fault in a portion of the cable between 4th and 5th Avenues,” Hasquet wrote. “Dispatch is working to isolate the suspect cable and restore power to most of those affected. The estimate is to have power restored to the majority of those impacted within two hours.”
Late Saturday night, a separate power outage for all Chugach Electric customers in Cooper Landing was reported and quickly restored.
“The linemen found a power line on the ground (probably snow, wind, ice or some combination of that knocked it down),” Hasquet said. “They had to repair the line and then re-hang it. Outage started about 9 pm and was restored by about 5:30 am.”
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.
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