DAM WORK – Adam Charlton, generation facilities mechanic for the Sitka electric department, heads to the valve access shaft at Green Lake dam this morning as water spills over the top of the dam. City work crews are replacing the failing original 1980 hydraulic mechanism that opens and closes the intake valve. While the Green Lake dam is off-line, the recent cold weather is forcing the city to use backup diesel generators to supplement Blue Lake hydro power to meet peak morning and evening electric demand. Turning on the diesel generators this morning caused a brief outage in parts of town. The new valve is expected to arrive December 20. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

 

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