Damaged equipment causes power outage in Eklutna, Peters Creek, Birchwood

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - More than 2,000 Matanuska Electric customers were out of power Friday afternoon. The utility company says its Reed substation -- which is adjacent to its Eklutna power plant just off the Glenn Highway -- is out of power.

About 2,100 members are out of power as of about 2:30 according to the company's web site. By 6:15, the company said on Facebook that everyone except for members along Eklutna Lake Road should have power again.

Julie Estey, a spokesperson for the company, says a crew was nearby and headed to the substation to determine the problem, which turned out to be damaged equipment in the substation.

Other crews were brought in to reroute power from other substations.

See the MEA outage map here.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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