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Outage leaves Hope without power

By KTVA CBS 11 News 4:28 PM December 10, 2013

The outage began with a break in a power line around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Update, Tuesday 9:20 p.m. 

Power was restored to the remaining Hope Substation customers at 8:37 p.m., Chugach Electric said.

Update, Tuesday 7:45 p.m.

The outage in Hope continues, but power has been restored to some customers, Chugach Electric said.

The outage was caused when a splice in the line came apart, said Chugach Electric Spokesman Phil Steyer. Service was restored around 3 p.m. from the Hope Substation to about mile 13 of the Hope Highway. That brought dozens of customers back online, but most of the 209 metered-locations are still without power.

A crew is working to repair the damaged line, Steyer said, and the company estimates the line will be out until 10-11 p.m.

Original story

ANCHORAGE – An afternoon power outage left most Hope residents in the dark Tuesday afternoon, a representative for Chugach Electric said.

Spokesman Phil Steyer said the outage began at 1:45 p.m. and affects 209 meters served by the Hope Substation. According to 2010 census numbers, the town on the south shore of Turnagain Arm is home to 192 people.

Steyer said the outage was caused by a reported break in the line. As of 2:35 p.m., he said crews hoped to restore power up to mile 13 of the Hope Highway “within the hour.”

Customers beyond that point will be out of service until the entire line is repaired, Steyer said in a brief written statement Tuesday.

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