Winds keep HEA crews busy

Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010

Residents and business owners in the North Kenai and Nikiski area faced power outages, fallen trees and snow drifts as a result of the recent windstorm.

Photo By Molly Dischner
Photo By Molly Dischner
A young moose checks out slash piles where a tree had fallen across Toloff Road in Nikiski. A windstorm Tuesday night and Wednesday morning knocked down trees and caused power outages in the area.

According to a press release from the Homer Electric Association, the outages started about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday when a tree fell onto the powerline on the Kenai Spur Highway. Power was back on at 9:30 that night, but trees having been taking out other lines ever since. About 1,100 homes were affected by the outage. By 4 p.m. on Wednesday, there were 25 outages affecting 341 homes. The Wednesday afternoon press release said that because of damages to HEA equipment, power most likely wouldn't be restored at all homes until Thursday.

Area businesses also lost their power.

Jason Kassik said the power at Kassik's Kenai Brewstop, just off Holt-Lamplight Road, went out at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday and was restored the next morning. There were no damages, and the brewery was closed so it didn't affect the business, but things were pretty slow on Wednesday, Kassik said.

Nearby, the Stop N Go restaurant had a similar experience. The restaurant's sign and power were both taken out by the wind, said Marie Bliss.

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