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Unalakleet Cooperative Works to Restore Power to Residents After Break in Electrical Line

Unalakleet in the fall of 2014. Photo: Caitlin Whyte, KNOM file.
Unalakleet in the fall of 2014. Photo: Caitlin Whyte, KNOM file.

Update*: Power was restored Friday evening around 6:15. A temporary bypass was put in place at the barge landing. Excavation took place on Saturday.

*Tuesday 12/19/2017, 9:53am

(original article)

Approximately 15 homes in Unalakleet’s Hillside subdivision are currently without power due to an underground line break.

According to Unalakleet’s Valley Electric Cooperative (UVEC) general manager Reese Huhta, around 9:45 Friday morning, the Cooperative became aware of a break at the wind farm. Technicians attempted to perform a bypass on the line, which was unsuccessful.

UVEC had a line technician flown in from Golovin to conduct a temporary repair. They are hoping to have power restored this evening.

Huhta says the cause of the outage will likely not be known until further excavation can be done. A full excavation is expected to be done tomorrow in order to permanently repair the line.

Image at top: Unalakleet, autumn 2014. Photo: Caitlin Whyte, KNOM file.

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