UPDATE: Anchorage landscaping business that took out power line 'looking into it'
An Anchorage business has been identified as the party responsible for pulling down power lines, effectively taking away the electricity of more than a thousand Anchorage residents early Tuesday morning.
The company, American Landscaping, is based on A Street in Anchorage. The truck was dumping snow at the time, when its up-turned bucket caught on a power line, and pulled on two posts.
A representative of the business who answered the phone on Tuesday told KTUU that it would be "looking into it" and "getting to the bottom of what happened."
The man declined to give his name or his role in the business, or specify whether the driver who took out the power line was still with the company.
Chugach issued an update to members at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, following the arrival of crews to the scene at the Dowling and B Street accident.
"They are working to switch power around the damage so members can be restored," Chugach said on Facebook. "As always, we work as quickly and safely as possible."
According to the outage maps on the Chugach Electric website, 261 members are now without power, as opposed to the 1,220 who were originally without power.
An Alaska power utility said an early morning crash on Tuesday took out power for over a thousand customers.
According to Chugach Electric, a dump truck plowed through power lines at Dowling and B Street, knocking out power to 1,220 members in the area.
"The area impacted runs roughly along Dowling between Arctic and Lake Otis, up to International," Chugach said on social media. "A crew has been dispatched to assess and isolate the damage."
The power utility also wrote to avoid the area due to a report of the downed power lines still on the ground.
"It is reported that the lines are on the ground. Please do not approach downed power lines!" Chugach wrote.