Weather delays power-line repairs

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2002

JUNEAU - Low clouds and fog this morning slowed repairs of electrical power lines downed by a Saturday landslide near Limestone Inlet.

Alaska Electric Light and Power spokesman David Stone said Juneau residents should conserve power because expensive diesel backup generators are producing electricity instead of the Snettisham hydropower plant.

"We're burning a little over 70,000 gallons a day," Stone said.

Some repair work already has been done. Once crews are able to helicopter to the landslide site, about 25 miles south of Juneau, work should be completed within a day or two, he said. The landslide hit power poles Saturday morning. Power was restored areawide by about 10:40 a.m. Snettisham supplies about 80 percent of Juneau's power.

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