HEA: 180 homes still without power

Homer Electric Association line crews are continuing to work in the North Kenai area to complete restoration work for homes and businesses left without electricity after a Tuesday wind storm.

At one point, more than 7,000 homes were without power, but as of Thursday evening, that number was reduced to about 180 homes.

The remaining outages are mostly located in the North Kenai and Nikiski areas.
Due to the amount of damage at these locations, HEA expects full restoration not to be complete until Friday evening and possibly Saturday.

"There are several downed trees, broken poles and spans of wire on the ground at these locations, making the repair work very difficult and time consuming," HEA officials reported in a news release.

If residents are without power, they are urged to call HEA's outage reporting hotline at 1-888-8OUTAGE or 1-888-868-8243.

Residents that feel they need assistance or shelter due to the extended power outage are urged to call the Kenai Peninsula Borough hotline at 714-2484. A shelter has been set up at the Kenai Armory Located at 105 S. Forest in Kenai.

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