Fairbanks area experiences weekend power outages
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - This past weekend, the Fairbanks North Star Borough experienced a series of power outages affecting around 4500 homes and businesses.
The outages started on Saturday, October 2, then began to build that night, peaking on Sunday afternoon.
According to Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA), the outages were caused by the unusually strong early-season winter storm.
Wet, heavy snow weighed down trees and caused them to come in contact with power lines.
Power has been restored to most of the affected areas. However, as of noon on October 4, around 200 people remained without power, with GVEA crews traveling around the community to make repairs.
Meadow Bailey, Director of External Affairs and Public Relations with GVEA, explained, “We remind everybody that outages do happen, and to be prepared, especially if you live in remote locations. When we’re troubleshooting outages, we work on the outages that are affecting the largest amount of people first, and then we work out to the smaller outages. So if you live in remote areas, especially, make sure that you are equipped to have your power out - and since we’re in Alaska, make sure that you’re equipped to have your power out for an extended period of time.”
GVEA advises customers to have an outage kit ready in case of an outage. These should include water, a first aid kit, nonperishable food and flashlights, among other items.
More information about how to be prepared for an outage can be found here.
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