HEA responds to central Kenai Peninsula outages

A large section of the Soldotna was without power Sunday morning. The outage started at 7:25 a.m. and impacted 2,317 homes and businesses. Homer Electric crews responded to the Corral Street area of Soldotna where they found a broken insulator on a power pole. The crew made repairs and had the power back on at 9:17 a.m. HEA crews also responded to the South Cohoe Loop area for an outage that started at 5:30 a.m. and is impacting 94. Crews made repairs after finding a tree on the power line and wire on the ground. Power was restored to the South Cohoe Loop area at 11:40 a.m. Later Sunday evening, HEA crews began to address outages caysed by increasing winds. The largest outage occurred in the Kenai-Soldotna area where approximately 1,400 homes lost power. The outage began at about 7:30 p.m. and affected the area from Kenai Central High School south to Irons Avenue in Soldotna. Power was also out for about 270 homes in the Gaswell Road- Echo Lake Road area in Soldotna. That outage began at 5:45 p.m. Sunday. At 8:10 pm there was a power outage in the Kasilof area, from the intersection of Kalifornsky Beach Road and the Sterling Highway along K-Beach Road to the VIP subdivision in Kenai. There are approximately 590 homes in that area. As a safety reminder, HEA would like to remind homeowners who own generators to make sure they are taking proper precautions. If operated incorrectly, the generator can send power back on to the electric system and cause serious injury or death to linemen working on the power line. It is very important that a transfer switch exists between the generator and the HEA system. The transfer switch must be equipped with a visual open ensuring that the generator is not back feeding into the HEA system. Make sure that you have properly installed your generator and if you have any questions, please contact a qualified electrician before operating the generator. HEA also reminds people to stay away from any downed power line. The lines are very dangerous and can cause serious injury or death if contact is made. To report an outage or downed power line, call Homer Electric at 1-888-8OUTAGE or 1-888-868-8243.