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As cleanup goes on, hundreds still in the dark

Kyle Hopkins
Harry and Pat Kieling walk the trails through the woods east of Cheney Lake on Saturday afternoon, September 8, 2012. The woods there, heavily affected by the windstorm earlier his week, were recently cleared of downed trees that crossed the trails.
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Cindy Rosser holds a cross section of a tree that fell in her yard on Otter Street earlier this week. Rosser, an elementary school teacher, plans to take the piece in and give her students in how tree rings can mark time.
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Gordon Rosser cuts wood and clears debris from his yard on Otter Street in east Anchorage on Saturday afternoon, September 8, 2012. Rosser planted the tree in 1980 which toppled in the windstorm earlier this week. His family plans to make carved items such as ornaments and walking sticks out of some of the wood. .
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David and Ian Schamber unload their pickup at left while Mike Stephenson uncovers his debris. The South Anchorage Wood Lot near West Klatt Road saw a steady stream of trucks unloading downed trees from this week's windstorm on Friday, September 7, 2012. The lot is charging $10 per truckload and $20 per dump truck load to dispose of the debris.
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David Schamber unloads a tree that came down near his home in southwest Anchorage at the South Anchorage Wood Lot. The South Anchorage Wood Lot near West Klatt Road saw a steady stream of trucks unloading downed trees from this week's windstorm on Friday, September 7, 2012. The lot is charging $10 per truckload and $20 per dump truck load to dispose of the debris.
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Mike Stephenson unloads his pickup at the South Anchorage Wood Lot on Friday afternoon, September 7, 2012. The lot, located at the South Anchorage Sports Complex, is charging $10 per truck load and $20 per dump truck load.
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Chugach Electric lineman Terry Korthuis cuts up a tree that fell on power lines behind homes on Lois Drive in Spenard on Thursday, September 6, 2012.
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Erika Regg is keeping food from her refrigerator on ice in a cooler in her kitchen in her apartment on Lois Drive in Spenard on Thursday, September 6, 2012. Regg says power went out at about 11pm Tuesday night. They're also running a generator to power a borrowed chest freezer.
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Amanda Walch reads by flashlight and her husband Brian uses a computer at their powerless home on Arlene Street in east Anchorage. Thousands of homes and businesses remained without power late Thursday night September 6, 2012, following the windstorm earlier this week.
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Sara Johnston looks out her window at the Chugach Electric crews who were working late into the night from her home on Diomede Street in east Anchorage. Thousands of homes and businesses remained without power late Thursday night September 6, 2012, following the windstorm earlier this week.
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Cheryl Babbe, right, uses a flashlight and reads passages from the book "(Things) My Dad Says" to Bill Demming at their home on Honeysuckle Drive in East Anchorage. Thousands of homes and businesses remained without power late Thursday night September 6, 2012, following the windstorm earlier this week.
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Rachel Weaver lit candles and aimed a flashlight at her living room ceiling for light late Thursday. She watched "Game of Thones" on her computer with battery power. Thousands of homes and businesses remained without power late Thursday night September 6, 2012, following the windstorm earlier this week.
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Jason Dutch clears downed trees in the backyard of Joe Kolreg's home on Reflection Drive in east Anchorage on Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage and blow down 11 cottonwood trees into Kolreg's yard.
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Jason Dutch and Xavier Spearman clear downed trees in the backyard of Joe Kolreg's home on Reflection Drive in east Anchorage on Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage and blow down 11 cottonwood trees into Kolreg's yard.
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A birch tree is snapped off by the wind in east Anchorage on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm followed by heavy rain moved through Anchorage.
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Snow dusts the peaks in the Chugach Mountains on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm followed by heavy rain moved through Anchorage and bringing termination dust to the mountains.
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Chad Jay, walking Beretta, and Joy Jay, walking Clara, are reflected in the water puddles along Reflection Drive in east Anchorage on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm followed by heavy rain moved through Anchorage.
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Youngster play in water standing on Reflection Drive in east Anchorage on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm followed by heavy rain moved through Anchorage.
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Water floods Defiance Street after a small stream connected to Reflection Lake was blocked by storm debris on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage.
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A fence in the backyard of Dan Caffroy blew down and he lost a tree in east Anchorage on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm followed by heavy rain moved through Anchorage.
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Jason Dutch and Xavier Spearman clear downed trees in the backyard of Joe Kolreg's home on Reflection Drive in east Anchorage on Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage and blow down 11 cottonwood trees into Kolreg's yard.
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Xavier Spearman, loads sections of Cottonwood tree onto a wheelbarrow as Jason Dutch cuts up a tree in the backyard of Joe Kolreg's home on Reflection Drive in east Anchorage on Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage and blow down 11 cottonwood trees into Kolreg's yard.
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Larry Mallars cuts down a cottonwood tree which fell into the backyard of a Reflection Drive home in east Anchorage home on Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage. Mallars and his brother David Mallars were clearing downed trees from the backyard of a friend's mother's home. The friend is on the North Slope working.
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Trees blown down by the wind are partially cut up and rest on top of a small truck on Lee Street in east Anchorage on Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage.
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The roof of a trailer house on Cirque Place in east Anchorage is partially blown off on Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage.
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Dave Ottenad clears out the debris from 2 downed cottonwood trees off of Image Drive in east Anchorage on Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage.
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Xavier Spearman, loads sections of Cottonwood tree onto a wheelbarrow as Jason Dutch cuts up a tree in the backyard of Joe Kolreg's home on Reflection Drive in east Anchorage on Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage and blow down 11 cottonwood trees into Kolreg's yard.
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Larry Mallars cuts down a cottonwood tree which fell into the backyard of a Reflection Drive home in east Anchorage home on Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage. Mallars and his brother David Mallars were clearing downed trees from the backyard of a friend's mother's home. The friend is on the North Slope working.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
David Mallars throws a rope over a cottonwood tree which fell into the backyard of a Reflection Drive home in east Anchorage home on Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage. Mallars and his brother Larry Mallars were clearing downed trees from the backyard of a friend's mother's home. The friend is on the North Slope working.
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Larry Mallars cuts down a cottonwood tree which fell into the backyard of a Reflection Drive home in east Anchorage home on Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage. Mallars and his brother David Mallars were clearing downed trees from the backyard of a friend's mother's home. The friend is on the North Slope working.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Mateaki Piu climbs a ladder to start cutting down a tree leaning against an east Anchorage home on Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Xavier Spearman and Jason Dutch carry away the remains of the wind blown cottonwood tree the removed from Miriam Stobbe's Defiance Street home on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
A wind blown tree rests on a small house off of E 43rd Street on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage. Two trees rest on the roof of her home.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Melissa Walter and her son Landon Dwyer stand on the back deck of her rental home on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage. Two trees rest on the roof of her home.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Jesse Luna cuts up a tree blown down by the wind in the backyard of his Lynn Drive home on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
A large birch tree is blown over and resting against the power lines in a yard off of E. 40th street in east Anchorage on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Municipal Light and Power lineman Quinn Malcolm works on cutting tree leaning against the power line on Maplewood Street on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
11 cottonwood trees along a greenbelt behind Joe Kolreg's home on Reflection Drive in east Anchorage crashed through his fence with some of the trees coming to rest on his house. Joe Kolreg stands on his back deck on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage.
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Municipal Light and Power lineman Quinn Malcolm works on cutting tree leaning against the power line on Maplewood Street on Wednesday, evening September 5, 2012 after a strong windstorm moved through Anchorage.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Bobby Martin of the municipal Parks and Recreation Department cuts up the flagpole at the Veterans Memorial following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 on the Delaney Park Strip.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Overnight winds leave a portable toilet on its side at the Lake Hood gravel strip Wednesday morning September 5, 2012 at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Clouds, ran and wind hit the Anchorage area and the Chugach Mountains on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. This view is looking east across Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. A windstorm late Tuesday and early Wednesday brought down trees and disrupted power in many places in the Anchorage area.
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Olivia Lada, left, and Emily Evans climb on the rocks at Beluga Point while they film a scene in a video on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. School was closed Wednesday for the Polaris K-12 School students and the rest of the Anchorage School District. A windstorm late Tuesday and early Wednesday brought down trees and disrupted power in many places in the Anchorage area.
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Kristopher Paull, in black at left, talks to another person at the scene of an overturned plane near the gravel airstrip at Lake Hood on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Paull says this plane is not his. A windstorm late Tuesday and early Wednesday brought down trees and disrupted power in many places in the Anchorage area.
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Betty Forbes of the municipal Parks and Recreation Department cuts up the flagpole at the Veterans Memorial following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 on the Delaney Park Strip.
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Nicola Bier holds a stuffed animal as her friend Daniella Tritscher photographs it on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, in the strong wind along Turnagain Arm. The visitors from Germany brought a friend's owl on the trip and are sending photos of it back home to her. A windstorm late Tuesday and early Wednesday brought down trees and disrupted power in many places in the Anchorage area.
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A spruce tree broke across a parked truck during an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 on West 30th Avenue off Turnagain Street in west Anchorage.
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A toppled spruce tree rests atop wires following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 above a Loussac Drive home in west Anchorage.
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Tate Hart, 7, Oscar Stibitz, 8, and Jack Schroder, 8, check out a fallen tree in the Hart yard following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Turnagain.
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Motorists find West Northern Lights still dark following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in west Anchorage.
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A floatplane rests upside down following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at the Lake Hood gravel strip.
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A floatplane rests upside down following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at the Lake Hood gravel strip.
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Split birch trunks rest in a yard, grazing a home following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 along Beechcraft Drive in west Anchorage.
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Shattered and downed trees fill a yard following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at Brooke Drive and St. Elias Street in west Anchorage.
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A tree trunk sits shattered following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 along Loussac Drive in west Anchorage.
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Aneliese Palmer relies on her laptop battery after Kaladi Brothers Coffee once again loses power and the ability to serve customers Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in the Northern Lights Center in Midtown.
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Jack Schroder and Oscar Stibitz, both 8, clamber onto downed trees while touring their neighborhood following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Iliamna Avenue in west Anchorage.
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A downed tree rests on a section of fence following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at Turnagain Parkway and Douglas Drive in west Anchorage.
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A spruce tree torn from its base rests across a driveway following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 on West 30th Avenue off Turnagain Street in west Anchorage.
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Samantha Hill remains at her post at Woolies after the power goes off yet again Wednesday morning September 5, 2012 at Northern Lights Center in Midtown.
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Mike Young takes a chainsaw to a partially uprooted tree in his yard following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 along U Street near Westchester Lagoon.
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A shattered birch tree rests along H Street following an overnight wind storm Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 10th Avenue downtown.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Title Wave Books closes after losing power yet again Wednesday morning September 5, 2012 at the Northern Lights Center in Midtown.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
A large tree smashed a Toyota in Mt. View during the windstorm on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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Pieces of a auto parts store sign rest in their parking lot after the windstorm hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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A large trees rests in the parking lot at Russian Jack Springs Park on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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windstorm hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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The lighting at Russian Jack Springs Park was damaged by trees toppled in the windstorm on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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A downed tree frames a walker at Russian Jack Springs Park on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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Trees rest on power lines heading from Mt.View towards JBER after the windstorm on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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A spruce tree rests in the road in Mt.View after the windstorm on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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A container rests against utility poles in the industrial area near Ship Creek after the windstorm hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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Teddy Thorstad checks out the state of his truck, parked on Kinnikinnick St. after the windstorm felled a spruce tree on it, early Wednesday, September 5, 2012.
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Anchorage firefighters deal with a fire at 14th and Karluk early Wednesday morning. Much of the city had no power for the night during the windstorm September 5, 2012.
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Teri Hahn looks at a fence damaged by an uprooted cottonwood tree in East Anchorage after a windstorm hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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An uprooted tree rests on an East Anchorage residence after the windstorm on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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Windy weather persists in Anchorage and the Chugach Mountains on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. This view is on Old Klatt Road. A windstorm late Tuesday and early Wednesday brought down trees and disrupted power in many places in the Anchorage area.
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Ed Pico, Jr. cuts a spruce tree that landed on Teddy Thorstad's truck near DeBarr Road and Airport Heights Drive. An unusual windstorm took down many trees and produced a power outage for most of Anchorage, overnight Tuesday to Wednesday, September 4-5, 2012.
Anne Raup / Anchorage Daily News
Eric Moore took time Wednesday morning to cut trees that were blocking a trail near Tikishla Park in east Anchorage. His dog, Bella, walks with him.
Anne Raup / Anchorage Daily News
Alice Richardson surveys the damage to her car after a neighbor's tree fell on it.
Anne Raup / Anchorage Daily News
John Fleming clears limbs on Frances Elaine Circle on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. A windstorm late Tuesday and early Wednesday brought down trees and disrupted power in many places in the Anchorage area.
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A tree fell on a pickup truck in the Oceanview neighborhood on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. A windstorm late Tuesday and early Wednesday brought down trees and disrupted power in many places in the Anchorage area.
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Roofing material rests on a lawn along Baxter Road after a windstorm hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Shea Etheredge gathers rounds of wood from a tree cut up on Lagoon Circle and Oceanview Drive on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. A windstorm late Tuesday and early Wednesday brought down trees and disrupted power in many places in the Anchorage area.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Roofing material rests on a lawn along Baxter Road after a windstorm hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A municipal crew clears Southport Drive on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. A windstorm late Tuesday and early Wednesday brought down trees and disrupted power in many places in the Anchorage area.
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Gary Moore looks at uprooted trees in the backyard of his East Anchorage home after a windstorm on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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Phoenix Iiams, 22 mos., watches his mother Amber Iiams pickup leaves at their East Anchorage home after a windstorm on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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Children play on a toppled tree in their yard in East Anchorage after a windstorm hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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Chris Colon, left, and his father Charles Seldon remove a mountain ash tree that came to rest on Colon's home on Camrose Drive in East Anchorage as a result of a windstorm that hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2012. Colon said, "luckily the roof wasn't damaged." Damage from a windstorm that hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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Chris Colon removes a mountain ash tree that came to rest on his home on Camrose Drive in East Anchorage as a result of a windstorm that hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. Colon said, "luckily the roof wasn't damaged."
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Chris Colon removes a mountain ash tree that came to rest on his home on Camrose Drive in East Anchorage as a result of a windstorm that hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. Colon said, "luckily the roof wasn't damaged."
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Charles Seldon helps remove a fallen tree on his son's house on Camrose Drive after a windstorm hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Leaves piled up near Baxter Road after the windstorm on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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Shilan Wooten negotiates fallen trees covering the path along Baxter Road after a windstorm on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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A toppled mailbox rests on its side after a windstorm hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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Uprooted trees rest on their side along Resurrection Drive in East Anchorage after a windstorm hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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Uprooted trees rest on their side along Resurrection Drive in East Anchorage after a windstorm hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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Matt Krylo, left, and Jeff Todd remove fallen trees on Resurrection Drive after a windstorm hit Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.
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A bicyclist rides past a damaged tree at Chugach Foothills Park as the windstorm began to hit Anchorage on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.
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Update, 11 a.m. Saturday:

Chugach Electric reported this morning it had restored power to 700 more dwellings overnight. That leaves roughly 1,000 customers, give or take, without power.

All but a dozen-or-so customers of Municipal Light and Power have had electricity restored on Saturday morning, a spokeswoman said.

Matanuska Electric Association reports service has been restored to virtually all its customers. "We have 1 broken pole and a dozen locations that have customer equipment damage," MEA said in a Facebook update.

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Earlier story:

Power companies made slow progress returning power to Southcentral Alaska homes and businesses Friday, with about 1,900 to 2,100 customers still without electricity by nightfall.

Two Anchorage-area utilities hoped to turn the lights on at every home in the city by the end of the weekend but were making few promises as crews untangled snarled trees and scattered outages. After three days of blackouts, some customers fumed.

"The worst part about it was not knowing what the hell was going on," said Muldoon resident Bill Swisher. After three days of cooling his wife's insulin in the fridge of his RV and throwing out 100 pounds of food from his freezer, Swisher said his power returned at about 6 p.m. Friday.

Others are still waiting. The slow pace can't be helped, utilities say: Linemen finished the big jobs earlier in the week and are now focusing on time-consuming projects that help just a few customers at a time.

"It might take two or three hours, or longer, to make a repair and we might be affecting only 15 customers instead of (hundreds)," said Municipal Light & Power spokeswoman Ronnie Dent.

Chugach Electric Association had hoped to fix a majority of the remaining blackouts by Friday night. Despite returning power to hundreds of homes, crews made less progress than they'd hoped, said spokeswoman Sarah Wiggers.

"The day's not over, they're still working as hard as they can," she said.

Meanwhile, an estimated 5,000 GCI customers still had no television or Internet services, spokesman David Morris said. Some of those households also lost land line phone service.

The telecom company is generally restoring service to neighborhoods where the electric companies have already returned power.

No serious injuries or deaths have been reported since 60 mph winds scoured Anchorage, whipping trees into power lines and leaving an estimated 70,000 or more Southcentral Alaska dwellings without power.

Nonprofits have fielded "sporadic" calls from people in need of food, including food stamp recipients who filled their freezers at the beginning of the month and can't afford to replace spoiled goods, said Jim MacKenzie, director of development and communications for the Food Bank of Alaska.

Alaska 211, a United Way program that connects people in need with various social services, saw daily calls for help increase by a third or more after the storm, said director Karen Bitzer. At first, people wanted to report downed power lines, she said. Then they got cold, asking when the lights would return and if there would be any shelters.

Mayor Dan Sullivan's office issued a statement Thursday saying city officials were still assessing the damage and that "this has been a good reminder for all to be prepared for emergencies at any time of the year."

The city Emergency Management department launched 24-hour monitoring of the storm on Tuesday but did not escalate the response when no shelters or evacuations were required and because the storm didn't take place during extreme cold, said emergency programs manager Dawn Bradley.

"Disaster preparedness is a personal responsibility," she said.

City Manager George Vakalis said Thursday that city officials had not decided whether to declare the storm and subsequent blackouts an emergency.

Here's what each power company was reporting Friday night:

• Chugach Electric Association, the region's largest power utility, said 1,600 to 1,800 customers lacked power. Electricity was restored to about 600 dwellings overnight, said Wiggers.

Although the remaining outages were spread throughout Anchorage, areas of concentrated blackouts had been reported in East Anchorage, the Muldoon area and on the Hillside, Wiggers said.

Chugach had hired several crews to help with the repairs, including some coming from Fairbanks, she said. The company expected to have 35 repair teams on the road by Friday night, up from 26 earlier in the day.

"We have enough equipment to get everyone back in service," Wiggers said.

The utility said some households will have to wait until the weekend for power. Wiggers said she couldn't guarantee all customers will have electricity by Monday morning but said the utility is aiming for that goal. Chugach has said that about 25,000 customers lost power at the peak of the outages, which began when a powerful windstorm began whipping trees into power lines Tuesday night.

• Municipal Light & Power's outage estimates have varied widely over the past two days. On Thursday night, linemen in the field discovered many additional outages, pushing the total of known blackouts to about 1,000.

By Friday night, crews had reduced that number to an estimated 200 customers, Dent said.

"The target is to get most of those folks back on by tonight," Dent said.

Nearly all of ML&P's 30,000 customers lost power when the blackouts began.

• A third utility experiencing outages, Matanuska Electric Association, said about 100 customers still lacked power as of 6 p.m. Friday. The utility reported as many as 16,500 customers lost electricity during the storm.

"The Eagle River/Birchwood/Peters Creek/Chugiak area was the hardest hit, and that is the area with the greatest concentration of remaining outages," the utility said.

Spokesman Kevin Brown said it is "impossible" to say when all remaining customers will regain power.

"Our last 100 are the ones that require the most effort to get back online, so we're not making a prediction at this time. We have multiple crews out in the field and they will be working around the clock until power is restored."

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By KYLE HOPKINS
Anchorage Daily News
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