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Extended Outages Due to Extreme Weather Continue in the Copper Basin

As of this time we continue to experience outages in the Copper Basin District. Outages are still affecting several single consumers in the Tazlina area, and all of Copper Center and Kenny Lake.

Crews continue to work on power restoration in the Copper Center area. This restoration effort will likely take significantly longer than expected due to the large number of trees in the line that must be removed and any repairs that may need to be made. This outage will likely last well into the day.

Power restoration for the Kenny Lake area is unknown at this time. More will be known once Copper Center is re-energized and crews enter the Kenny Lake area.

Crews have been working around the clock since roughly 4 am yesterday morning. Additional crews from Anchorage remain dispatched and will continue to assist. Additional equipment has also been dispatched from Anchorage to aid in restoration efforts.

Please be advised – we are receiving reports of similar severe weather conditions again today. It is critical members are prepared for the possibility of additional outages throughout the district.

CVEA members can get outage information as it becomes available by visiting the Copper Valley Electric Association Facebook page, viewing the Facebook feed on the home page at cvea.org, or by calling CVEA dispatch at 1-866-835-2832. Up to date information will be posted on the voicemail system. Member are encouraged to contact their local office at (907) 822-3211 (during business hours) or dispatch at 1-866-835-2832 if you see hazardous conditions or are experiencing an outage in an area not noticed in the updates.

The Cooperative would like to thank all members for their continued patience.

Additionally, CVEA would like to remind residents to please use caution when riding snow machines, four wheelers, or other equipment along the rights-of-way during this time. Sagging trees, broken trees, drooping power wires, and damaged wires possibly on the ground could cause hazardous conditions.
If you have questions regarding this press release, please contact Sharon Scheidt, CVEA Director of Communications, at 822-5506, 835-7005, or email scheidt@cvea.org.