Alaska Electric Light & Power reports that nearly everyone in town should have their power back by now.
AEL&P can still pull power from Lake Dorothy and Snettisham southeast of Juneau because one of the transmission lines runs underground below Gastineau Peak’s Snowslide Creek.
Giant steel structures divert avalanches away from transmission line towers while the Daisy Bell device is used to trigger small slides before they become big ones.
In the urban avalanche advisory for Tuesday, Juneau emergency programs manager Tom Mattice wrote that recent storms have brought cycles of snow, rain and freezing mist, leading to a snowpack that was “definitely developing more questionable weak layers.”
Many residents in one neighborhood discovered dead appliances and scorched surge protectors after an outage on Veterans Day. Hospital equipment and water utility machinery were also damaged.
Several people on social media reported seeing sparks and a flash coming from power lines near the downtown waterfront.
Juneau’s utility operators are taking steps to protect staff from COVID-19, but say they’re well-prepared to continue running throughout the pandemic.
The Juneau Police Department reports that two people have died in a single-car crash near Cohen Drive Thursday morning. Additionally, two people who were in the car were medevaced out of Juneau.
Juneau’s heavily-used Flume Trail was supposed to reopen on Monday. AEL&P says it will take about a month to repair.
Phase one of the Flume Trail’s rebuild, which began in April, is just about done. It will reopen to foot traffic on Monday, Oct. 7.