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HEA, crews working to restore power to 800 homes

Posted: November 17, 2011 - 6:43pm  |  Updated: November 18, 2011 - 1:27pm
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  Brian Laleme
Brian Laleme

Power outages on the Kenai Peninsula are expected to continue into the weekend, with about 800 homes lacking electricity Thursday evening.

According to Homer Electric Association’s Joe Gallagher, most of the outages were in Nikiski, with additional outages in Sterling and scattered throughout the central Peninsula.

The outages were the result of powerline damage done by wind storms that began Tuesday night. The association made progress restoring power to some areas Thursday, but had additional outages reported in the Mackey Lake and Robinson Loop area near Sterling Thursday afternoon.

“The wind did pick up a little bit out there,” Gallagher said.

Gallagher said work would continue throughout Friday, and likely into the weekend. Repairs were being conducted around the clock.

“We will always have crews in the field,” Gallagher said.

The association brought in extra linemen to help with the repair work. A total of about 45 linemen were working on repairs, more than double HEA’s usual 17. The additional workforce came from three contractors: City Electric, Alaska Line Builders, and Norcon.

“We’re throwing everything we can at it,” Gallagher said.

Thursday, crews working in North Kenai and Nikiski found worse damage than the utility expected, Gallagher said.

“There are so many trees down that it is just going to be a long haul,” he said.

The Kenai and Nikiski Fire Stations are open as temporary warming stations.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough closed its shelter at the Kenai Armory at noon Thursday after just one person used it the night before, according to a statement from Eric Mohrmann from the borough’s Office of Emergency Management.

HEA has asked that people stay away from downed power lines, and report them, and any outages, to 1-888-868-8243.


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SBCunningham 11/18/11 - 12:53 pm
Watch out for foodborne illnesses

With all these power outages, be careful when patronizing local restaurants. Make sure they haven't been leaving their meat out to spoil when the power goes out. I won't name any names, but I got some food at a normally reliable local establishment the other day, and I got very sick. Just a heads up.

msjinxie 11/20/11 - 11:12 am

Seems to me, a certain tree cutting service contracted put by the City to remove a swath of trees along the Kbeach road, all the way to Homer are to blame. They cut the wind barriers down, which let the spindly ones to snap and trap the power lines. Someone screwed up. This is THE first year our winds have caused this much carnage. Maybe get someone on it that can see farther than the front of their noses! I think everyone out of power needs to go to Acs, City Electric and to complain about their choices of tree cutting services! Send the bills to them for your broken pipes and other items trashed because of it. Enough is enough! They charge thru our back yards without a them off and call the cops. Iam! We will take care of our OWN trees ty!

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