High avalanche danger prevented Alaska Electric Light & Power from going to the site of the outage right after it happened Sunday evening.
The storm that rolled through Southeast produced between 3 to 5 inches of rain in 48 hours according to weather service data.
Many details — in fact most of the reports dealing with inspections, safety and emergency planning — aren’t freely available to the public.
Debbie Driscoll from AEL&P said Juneau’s been hit by unusually bad storms and icing conditions since the fall, though she understands customers’ frustration.
Unlike the utility’s 17,000 regular electric customers, Hecla and Princess are interruptible; the utility can only sell Hecla and Princess power after regular customers’ demand is met.
An areawide outage occurred at 5 a.m. in Juneau when trees fell on a main transmission line along Thane Road. Power was restored for most areas of town at about 9:30 a.m.
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.
A man reported that a brown bear came out of the brush and charged him as he ran up the Juneau trail Sunday afternoon.
According to Juneau police, multiple calls came in reporting an explosion and large flames coming from a storage shed on the side of the building that houses The Gym and J&J Deli.
Allowing more cruise ships to connect to shore power when they visit Juneau might mean less pollution and more money for the local electric utility. But could Alaska Electric Light & Power handle the increased volume?