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Power outage Saturday will affect at least 1,300 near Turnagain Arm

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch
Work on a transmission line will leave at least 1,300 households without power along Turnagain Arm in Southcentral Alaska, overnight, according to regional utility Chugach Electric Co. Loren Holmes photo

Work on a transmission line will leave at least 1,300 households without power along Turnagain Arm in Southcentral Alaska early Saturday, according to regional utility Chugach Electric Co.

Chugach spokesperson Sarah Wiggers said work was scheduled 3:30 to 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

"The outage is necessary to make emergency repairs to a transmission structure in Powerline Pass. A project currently under way to rebuild a 15-mile section of the 115-kilovolt transmission line in Turnagain Pass prevents energizing the communities from generation on the Kenai Peninsula," Wiggers said in a statement sent to local media announcing the outage.

If all goes as planned, homes within the Anchorage Bowl should not be affected. Wiggers said Chugach hoped only customers in Indian, Bird, Girdwood, Portage and Whittier would go dark.

The National Weather Service forecast winds up 30 mph overnight Friday along Turnagain Arm, with temperatures likely in the mid-20s to low 30s.