Dam-failure call was just a test
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The water line broke, but the dam didn’t.
Many Sitkans got a test dam-failure notice on their phones this (Thursday) morning.
Sitka police say it was just a test of their emergency notification system. There was no failure at the Blue Lake Dam.
But they know people were paying attention, after Wednesday afternoon’s water-main break.
And, if you missed it, the water system is close to being back to normal.
News broke over the weekend that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott may be combining his campaign with that of Independent Bill Walker. In Sitka recently, Mallott argued the key issue in November is whether Alaskans' voices will be heard in state government, and said Walker remains, on social issues, a "conservative Republican." more
Utility director Chris Brewton and Blue Lake expansion project manager Dean Orbison discuss the status of Sitka's current generation outage, as a penstock is installed at the new Blue Lake powerhouse. While Blue Lake hydro is down, the city is running on Green Lake hydro, plus a new Solar Titan diesel turbine -- one of the first permanent installations of this unit in Alaska. more