Ice build-up causes outages
Monday's ice storm is taking a toll on overhead power lines.
Runestone Electric Association reported a large transmission outage Monday morning that lasted for about one hour. It left approximately 1,200 accounts without power.
"We have no control of transmission issues, so thankfully the power was restored quickly," said Sue Lundeen, manager of member services for the association.
Other than the transmission outage, Runestone Electric Association has had only two individual outages affecting two accounts.
"Weather like this — strong winds and ice — is how we justify spending millions of dollars to keep our right-of-ways clear of trees and today it is paying off," Lundeen said. "We're hoping the wind will settle down before other issues arise with ice building up on powerlines."
As of Monday noon, Alexandria Light and Power Utilities did not have any outages.