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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 6:07 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

SITKA, Alaska - A driver hitting a power pole was enough to knock out electricity in Sitka over the weekend.

The Sitka Sentinel (http://bit.ly/XXJcLZ) reports power was off for nearly three hours Saturday morning when the vehicle hit a power pole on Baranof Street near Sawmill Creek Road.

Most people probably missed the outage. System manager Andy Eggen says a line crew responded at 2:15 a.m. and restored power by 4:45 a.m.

Utility Director Chris Brewton says a claim will be filed against the driver and the cost of a new pole and overtime is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.

Eggen says it was the first system-wide outage since October 2010 when high winds hit lines near Heart Lake. That outage took three days for crews to fully restore power.

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