Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Power still out for some Southcentral residents; DOT working on roads (UPDATED)
In Anchorage, scattered outages remain while crews work to improve driving conditions
UPDATE (2): Phil Steyer, spokesperson for Chugach Electric, said, "We're past the point that we do one thing and bring a lot of folks on. Now it's more we invest a lot of time and bring a few folks on. Then we move on and do it again."
There are 500 - 700 homes still out in the Anchorage bowl, mostly on the Hillside. All of Indian, Hope, Moose Pass and some homes in Cooper Landing are still out. They've begun to rotate crews out because they've been on the line for so long now. Chugach has a combination of its own crews and private contractors.
Steyer says they've taken care of the big jobs and now they're on to the small jobs. It takes a long time to identify and service down each pocket or individual home without power.
UPDATE: Alaska Department of Transportation spokesperson Rick Feller says DOT maintanence crews are fully staffed and have been since late last night. Plowing crews stayed out late on the roads after their shifts were supposed to end Sunday night and the department asked the early crews to show up even earlier. As of midday Monday, Feller says DOT has six plow sanders, five graders, two belly dump sanders, and two sidewalk plows in service. The Anchorage Hillside was hit the worst yesterday evening and overnight. Most of DOT's efforts are focused there. He says they'll keep the crews fully deployed until the roads are back to acceptable driving conditions.
Two locations to watch out for in particular are the Old Seward Highway and Minnesota Drive near International Airport Road. In both directions the road surfaces are pockmarked with freezing and thawing conditions. Speeds in these areas top out at 30 miles per hour.
Stay tuned to KTVA for the latest on road conditions and power outages.
As of 8:30 Monday morning, Chugach Electric reported outages remaining in Moose Pass, Indian and Hope, with scattered outages -- around 1,000 residences -- in the Anchorage area. If you are without power, you're asked to call 762-7888 to report it to Chugach.
MEA reports 2,100 homes without power, mostly in Chugiak, Birchwood and Eagle River.