High winds cut power, phone lines in Hoonah

Winds might have contributed to a brief outage in Auke Bay

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

High winds disrupted life in Hoonah on Tuesday, blowing down a tree that knocked down a power line.

Courtesy Of Jim Erickson
Courtesy Of Jim Erickson

Jerry Medina, Administrative Officer with Inside Passage Electric Cooperative, said on Tuesday that IPEC's operations manager, Pete Bibb, was in Hoonah with a line crew working on restoring power.

Medina said he was unsure of the extent of the outage, as he was having difficulty reaching people by phone.

Phone lines across Hoonah, including at City Hall and at IPEC's power plant, gave out a busy signal Tuesday.

Hoonah resident Jim Erickson said in an e-mail that the tree took out about half the power lines in Hoonah, and the ability to call long distance. He also said cell phone use was affected. He said the main part of town was without power.

"The damage is quite extensive," he said.

Winds might have contributed to a brief Juneau outage in Auke Bay Monday night, said AEL&P spokeswoman Gayle Wood, though that's not for certain. AEL&P took the Auke Bay substation offline briefly after a piece of switch gear on one of the main transmission lines feeding into the substation began to glow hot, she said. Auke Bay power has been rerouted to other substations and will likely remain so for several weeks.

• Contact Mary Catharine Martin at maryc.martin@juneauempire.com.

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