GVEA Monday update following Interior storm
An estimated 800 Golden Valley Electric Association members remain without power as of 8 a.m. Monday, in the wake of a severe winter storm that knocked out power to about 13,000 Interior residences and businesses.
“We’ve restored power to most of the larger outage areas,” said Mike Wright, Vice President of Transmission and Distribution. “Now we’re working on the smaller individual outages, which are scattered across our system.”
Approximately 70 linemen from Fairbanks and Anchorage have been working around the clock to restore power. GVEA linemen make up 16 of the estimated 70 linemen.
GVEA is asking members who are still without power to call 452-1151 or email email@example.com to verify we are aware of their outage.
GVEA is also warning all members with power that they can expect to be without power for up to an hour as crews return to energized neighborhoods to make major repairs (replacing fuses, pole repairs, reconnecting wire, etc.). Linemen may need to shut off the power for safety reasons before making the repairs.
“We don’t want members to be alarmed,” said Josh Davis, Line Superintendent. “These repairs are part of the restoration process.”
Anyone in need of assistance due to this storm (shelter, pet boarding, showers, generator questions, etc.) should contact the American Red Cross at 451-8267.
Members are cautioned to stay away from trees that have fallen into power lines. If you see a tree in a line, please call GVEA at 452-1151 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: November 18, 2013