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For immediate release
October 10, 2008
For more information, contact
Patti Bogan, work 762-4736, cell 242-0704

Chugach making progress but outage restoration slow going

Some customers may be out another day

Chugach Electric Association is making progress on repairs but due to the extensive amount of damage to lines in some areas, outage restoration is slow going. We expect our crews will work late into the night and possibly morning hours to restore all power.

After having more than 20,000 customers out at one time this morning, Chugach estimates 5,000 customers were still without power at 3:45 p.m. While power has been restored to all neighborhood substations and the main feeders out of each of them are energized, there are many breaks in the distribution system keeping power from reaching individual customers.

The problems are a result of trees blown into power lines during this morning's strong windstorm. Falling trees ripped down lines - and in some cases broke poles - at locations throughout the Anchorage Bowl. While outages were reported from Raspberry Road to the Muldoon area, the bulk of the problems were scattered across the Hillside.

Customers who called in a power outage earlier in the day but are still without power at that location should report their ongoing outage. To report a power outage to Chugach, call 762-7888 (toll free from outside Anchorage at 800-478-7494).

Chugach is the largest electric utility in Alaska, providing power for Alaskans throughout the Railbelt through retail, wholesale and economy energy sales.