University's Eagle River campus re-opens for evening classes after power outage

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Updated 4:15 p.m. Monday:
A spokesperson for the University of Alaska Anchorage says the Chugiak-Eagle River campus opened at 4:00 p.m. in time for Monday evening's classes.

By 4:00 there were no more reported outages in the Eagle River area, but still some outages in the Mat-Su, with the bulk of them being in the Fairview Loop area.

Original Story:
An area-wide power outage caught residents off guard in areas of Eagle River and Chugiak.

Some awoke to a lack of power early Monday morning, but others were caught in the middle of their morning routines.

One KTUU viewer said she had been in the shower when all her lights turned off at around 6:20 a.m. on Jan 29.

Her power provider, Matanuska Electric Association, did not comment on the outage. However, their online outage map showed that an estimated 700 customers are without power. The cause of the power is not yet known.

Among those customers is the University of Alaska Chugiak-Eagle River campus. Early Monday, Kirstin Olmstead, spokesperson for the university, said that classes are cancelled until the power returns, as the campus is completely in the dark.

"Right now we're cancelling classes, and waiting to see when the power comes back. We'll send out more information when we know more," Olmstead said.



 
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