Ravens cut power to 2,500 homes

The only legal Fourth of July fireworks lit in Kenai were two ravens that flew into Marathon Substation energized power lines, killing power to more than 2,000 homes in Kenai. The ravens are now dead, but power is restored.

About 2,500 homes from Wildwood Correctional Center to Beaver Creek lost power at 11:26 a.m., said Sandra Ghormley, HEA manager of member relations. HEA crews restored power at 12:52 p.m., she said.

“The frequency of animals, or birds, getting into and making contact with power equipment and lines is quite frequent,” Ghormley said. Wednesday night a squirrel caused a power outage when it crawled into a meter socket, she said.

Any Kenai residents experiencing secondary power-outage problems should call HEA’s main line at 1-888-868-8243.

— Dan Schwartz

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