Mudslide knocks out hydropower to Juneau

Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A mudslide toppled two transmission towers Saturday 20 miles south of Juneau, knocking out power to the capital.

Alaska Electric Light and Power, the city's electric utility, restored power with diesel generators about an hour later.

The slide at about 9:20 a.m. occurred near Limestone Inlet between Juneau and the Snettisham Dam, the hydroelectric project 28 miles south of the city.

Utility spokesman David Stone told KINY-radio that crews are assessing the conditions of the towers and the stability of the uphill slope.

Stone said it could take a week to repair or replace the towers.

He said the utility is asking people to conserve electricity because diesel power is two to three times more expensive that hydropower. The difference will show up in utility bills, he said.

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