An AVEC lineman made it to Savoonga Friday morning and with one hour of work, he had power going for 40 households, including the Post Office, Church and Public Safety building. According to the Alaska Village Electric Co-op, the remaining 30 homes should have power by this afternoon with the change of a transformer.
AVEC says power had been out since 5 a.m. Thursday, following days of snow and freezing rain. Mayor Myron Kingeekuk says people last night were hooking up generators purchased after last years outage or trying to get power from neighbors.
AVEC says local operators worked all day Thursday attempting to isolate the issue with assistance from Anchorage. Each time they flipped the switch, the power would last just a few seconds.
Savoonga experienced a prolonged outage in December of last year, causing pipes to burst in around 50 homes. The Governor declared a disaster following the incident.
A blizzard watch for tonight through Saturday afternoon has been issued from the National Weather Service for St. Lawrence Island. Again, Tthe lineman is expected to establish power to all homes this afternoon.