Power loss after heavy snowfall

GVEA reported outages due to heavy snow load on electric wires in the greater Fairbanks area on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021.

Heavy, wet snow knocked down power lines overnight across Interior Alaska, with 4,483 ratepayers affected and the numbers on the rise, Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) reported Sunday morning.

Trees leaning and falling on power lines caused power losses in neighborhoods across the region, the utility said.

By 8 a.m. Sunday, 4,483 customers had reported outages, with about 200 contacting the utility in the last hour, according to a GVEA dashboard. In addition, the utility warned greater Fairbanks residents to expect sporadic outages throughout the day.

“All available crews are working to restore power, but due to the number of outages and the conditions, please be prepared for lengthy delays. Crews will continue working until all power is restored,” GVEA said.

Here is a close-up look at some of the impacted neighborhoods:

• 884 ratepayers in and around North Pole;

• 829 in the area of Eielson Air Force Base;

• 623 in the Harding Lake area;

• 72 near Delta Junction.

Report a power loss

To report power loss, call the 24-hour outage line at 907-452-1151.

Contact political reporter Linda F. Hersey at 459-7575 or at lhersey@newsminer.com. On social media, go to twitter.com/FDNMpolitics.

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