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Power outage closes Labor Dept. building

State workers released until power restored

Posted: May 18, 2012 - 12:09am

A power outage forced the closure of the offices of the departments of Labor & Workforce Development and Fish & Game buildings for several hours Thursday morning. A bad cable termination caused a partial outage at the West Eighth Street facilities a little after 9 a.m., Debbie Ferreira, spokesperson for Alaska Electric Light & Power said.

An AEL&P line crew identified the problem and cut power to the building to make repairs, Ferreira said. They restored power by 11:01 a.m.

Lights and computers were offline in the building, said Beth Leschper, spokesperson for the Department of Labor.

“Our staff couldn’t function,” Leschper said, “so we released them while the power was being repaired.” An alert on the state of Alaska’s website directed released employees to report back to work at 11:15am.

AEL&P’s Ferreira said the outage also affected the Juneau Hotel and Cycle Alaska for about half an hour as the crew de-energized the line to perform repairs.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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