Thousands still without power
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Golden Valley Electric Association estimates that 3,000 members remain without power as of 8 a.m. Friday, in the wake of a severe winter storm that knocked out power to about 13,000 Interior residences and businesses.
The core areas of Fairbanks saw service restored on Thursday. Business and commercial areas have power. Outages are now concentrated in outlying areas, although some residences in town remain without electric service.
Crews have been working around the clock to restore power. “We’ve hired every contractor in town – every journeyman, lineman and apprentice,” said Greg Wyman, manager of construction services for GVEA.
Crews have been working their way down power lines, prioritizing neighborhood branch lines. “We’re focusing on neighborhoods first, and individual residences second,” said Allen Gray, power systems manager. “We’re working to get as many folks back online as quickly as possible.”
GVEA’s 69 outage reporting phone lines have been jammed since Thursday morning. Members who can’t get through are encouraged to report new outages via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GVEA is asking members who have already reported an outage not to call or e-mail again. All outage calls and e-mails are already recorded in our outage management system.
GVEA is also asking members who have power to keep their front and back porch lights on today. That will help line crews determine who has power and who doesn’t.
Members are cautioned to stay away from trees that have fallen into power lines. If you see a tree in a line, and haven’t reported it yet, please call GVEA at 452-1151 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.