By Clinton Bennett and Neil Torquiano
Channel 2 News
12:21 PM AKDT, September 6, 2012
Thousands of Anchorage and surrounding area residents remain without power Thursday morning - more than a day after the destructive Alaska windstorm that hit South Central Tuesday night.
Municipal Light and Power, Chugach Electric, and Matanuska Electric Association confirmed Thursday that at least 3,000 or more customers have no power as crews work to restore power.
Chugach Electric spokesperson Sarah Wiggers said there were 2-thousand to 5-thousand customers without power and said “not everyone will get their power back today.” It could take three to five days, according to Wiggers.
Municipal Light and Power announced in a news release that most of its customers power was restored Wednesday and that Tuesday’s storm affected nearly all of its 30-thousand customers.
Matanuska Electric Association posted on its social media pages that 1,100 customers were without power mainly in the Chugiak, Eagle River, and Birchwood areas.
MEA said customers in some areas in the Mat-Su Valley were all reporting outages and that it has 8 crews working in the field to fix lines.
Chugach Electric announced around noon that it will hold an informative meeting at its boardroom at 2 p.m. Thursday.
KTUU Channel 2 will livestream the event and a link will be available on ktuu.com near the start time and recap will appear on the news shows.
ML&P's power outage hotline is 279-7671. Chugach can be reached at 563-7366 while MEA customers can report outages or fallen lines at 746-7697 for the Mat-Su Valley or 696-7697 for Eagle River.
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