Last updated at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 26


Just before 9 a.m. Thursday, the Matanuska Electric Association shared on Twitter that all customers affected by a large outage had their power restored.



Earlier that morning, MEA announced they had returned power to all but 500 of the estimated 25,000 customers who lost power Wednesday night, but according to the company’s tweets the numbers vacillated between 500 and 1,000 as workers switched and bypassed breakers.



The company initially said as many as 20,000 of their customers — an estimate that was later increased — were affected by a large outage in the Matanuska Valley, caused by a vehicle crashing into a power pole on Bogard Road. In a tweet, the company stated they had “lost 5 substations” due to the crash.


“We have a large outage affecting members in the Fairview Loop area all the way up to Big Lake at this time,” the company said on their Facebook page.


The statement also noted the company’s website and phone system were experiencing issues, “causing a challenging communication line between this team and dispatch.”


Crews were working on restoring power as of 10:30 p.m., according to MEA. Half an hour later, power had been restored to nearly half of all affected customers.


“We were able to bring up 4 of the 6 substations and approximately 10,000 members remain out of power in North Wasilla,” a Facebook statement from the company explained.


Late Wednesday night, MEA stated that all but 835 customers had power restored.


“Everyone is back on except those affected by a damaged feeder,” the company said on its Twitter account.


In a tweet, MEA personnel said the estimated repair time for the pole damaged in the crash was “minimum six hours.”