ML&P Customers Wait for Power

Photo courtesy of June Takagi

Anchorage Municipal Light & Power is having trouble restoring power to some customers after the storm that pounded Southcentral with 80 to 100 mile per hour winds Tuesday night. ML&P officials say they’re working as fast as they can, but some residents might not get power back on for a day or two.

Ronnie Dent is the Public Relations Manager for Anchorage Municipal Light and Power. She says they’re not sure how many customers remain without power or where the outages are in the city. She says their lines of communication with customers have been up and down.

“It was helpful to us for people to call in to our power outage hotline, but I understand that that help line is up and down, as well as the website,” Dent said.

Dent says ML&P is working to restore their hotline and website as well as trying to restore power to as many customers as possible.

“The majority of our customers power has been restored, but there a number of customers who are not, whose power has not been restored and its gonna take a little time to get everybody back up. We’re hoping to have everyone back up by tonight, but it could be, at the earliest tomorrow night for some customers,” Dent said.

Dent says customers can still sometimes reach a voicemail line at their call center and they should leave a message with their name, contact number and address so crews can get to them to restore power as soon as possible.

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Daysha Eaton is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network. Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage. Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email. Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.