Easter storm knocks out power


April 13, 2023

Photo courtesy of Karl Hagerman

PMPL linemen Sam Caulum and David Mazzella replace a cross arm near 8.5 Mile Mitkof Highway on Sunday.

While Easter typically conjures up images of egg hunts under the sun and tranquil Sunday services, this year saw high winds blow down trees across Mitkof Island, damaging power lines and prompting a response from Petersburg Municipal Power and Light.

"It was a very, very strong, very intense windstorm that came through," Utility Director Karl Hagerman said.

"We did not see that in the forecast, so it kind of took us by surprise."

One tree hit the distribution line near 8.5 Mile Mitkof Highway, just beyond the fur farm, and damaged two electrical cross arms.

"Unfortunately the position of th...

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