Last night’s heavy snow and rain combined with high winds created severe icing conditions that downed lines and resulted in extensive damage to KEA’s electric system. At approximately 2:00 a.m. this morning, power was disrupted to a number of areas throughout the KEA service territory.
Upon notification of these outages, KEA line crews were dispatched last night to repair damage to the transmission and distribution system. KEA expects to have power fully restored to the in-town region from Bells Flats to White Sands Beach by 5:00 p.m. today. Members located in town who continue to experience disruptions in power after 5:00 p.m. today are encouraged to call KEA at 486-7700 to report the outage in your area.
Unfortunately, the areas past Bells Flats out to Chiniak and Pasagshak will continue to experience an extended power outage as KEA crews work diligently at repairing the storm damage. Today, emphasis was on assessing the full extent of damage, and gathering the equipment and manpower needed to make the necessary repairs along Middle Bay and Pasagshak Road. Additional line personnel will be responding to assist KEA crews to repair the numerous broken poles, damaged cross arms and downed wires. The initial assessment indicates approximately 13 damaged poles on the Middle Bay line, of which eight are completely broken. There are numerous additional poles damaged with broken cross arms and downed wire on the Pasagshak line.
Based upon today’s assessment, full restoration of the damage along Middle Bay is expected to take approximately four days. Once these repairs are completed, power will be restored to the Chiniak area. An additional day is then expected to be needed to repair the damage along Pasagshak Road.
It is estimated that power to all areas in KEA’s service territory should be fully restored within the next five days.
KEA would like to remind everyone to report any downed power lines, and to stay away from them. Down power lines can still be energized and are unsafe.
We wish to apologize for any inconvenience these outages may have caused, and we thank everyone for their patience.