Nearly all MEA customers have power

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 17:26
A fallen tree and bent stop sign are seen on South Birchwood Loop Road on Thursday. The Chugiak-Eagle River area had the most power outages in MEA's service area after a windstorm Tuesday.

By Saturday, Matanuska Electric Association said it had restored power to nearly all of its members who experienced outages due to Tuesday's windstorm. 

At the height of the outage, 16,450 MEA members were without power, the utility said. Five substations went down and 23 feeder lines were damaged in the storm, MEA said. 

Eagle River, Chugiak, Birchwood and Peters Creek were the hardest hit areas and had the most outages in MEA's service area, the utility said. 

MEA said it had crews working 24 hours a day to clear thousands of trees and restore power. 

Once power is restored to everyone, MEA will come back through neighborhoods to remove additional trees that might pose a danger to power lines and equipment, the utility said. 

MEA is asking any member still without power in the Chugiak-Eagle River area to call its outage line at 696-7697. 

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