Thursday, April 17, 2008

Avalanche Takes out PowerHouse

Some of you may have heard that an avalanche yesterday took out some electric towers/powerlines therefore cutting our source of hydro-electricity that powers Juneau.

I've mark the spot on google maps where I think the dam is located - might be off a bit but you get the idea. Look for my spot marked Sneetisham Dam.

You can see how steep the terrain is - this was taken a little farther down Stephens Passage this summer when I went with the Holmbergs to Tracy Arm Fjords.

The article in the Juneau Empire says it might be 3 to 4 months before the towers are replaced and repaired so that means we'll be burning diesel fuel for the summer as our main power source. That sucks. So if you're planning a visit down here bring an extra sweater and a flashlight - we might be on ultra-power conservation.

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