UPDATE: Power is back following successful reconnect, company says

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - 11:10 a.m. Update:

Following a widespread power outage in the Eagle River area, power is back on Monday. The Matanuska Electric Association website is showing no outages where before, thousands were reportedly without power.

According to Julie Estey, a spokesperson for MEA, the power was restured folloing a remote switching operation where the transmission line, which was taken out, was reconnected.

Estey called it a "Christmas miracle," though also added that crews were going out to patrol the line just in case any permanent damage was caused.

Original Story:

The day before Christmas, thousands of people in Eagle River woke up to their power being out, and officials with the power association say crews are coming to get the power back.

According to a post made by Matanuska Electric Association on Monday, Dec. 24, dispatchers with the company reported the cause was a fault line in Eagle River.

The fault is impacting 2 substations, and over 4,000 members, according to MEA.

"A crew is being called in," the company wrote online.

According to their online power outage map, which can be found here, 4050 out of 9000 in Eagle River Proper are without power, as well as another 781 out of 782 in Eagle River Road to the Eagle River Nature Center, and 360 of 361 members on Hiland Road.

The company did not provide an estimated time for when power is expected to return.

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