Crews Restore Power in Savoonga

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

The St. Lawrence Island community of Savoonga has power after days of power loss from freezing salt spray that caused arching when lines became heavy with ice and slapped together.  But Alaska Village Electric Cooperative President Meera Kohler says there are still intermittent outages.

Kohler says AVEC is trying to find a deicing material that is benign enough to use on the lines and hardware without exposing the workers or Savoonga residents to harmful chemicals.

The state Department of Homeland Security is also monitoring the situation and will assess damage and next steps for repairs to broken water infrastructure.

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