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Power restored after Monday and Tuesday night outages

Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2002

Power outages plagued the north Kenai Peninsula area Monday and Tuesday even-ings, causing power loss to approximately 4,000 Homer Electric customers from Sterling to Nikiski.

Snow and ice, in addition to heavy frost settled on trees and power lines Monday evening, bringing trees down on the lines. There also were instances where the snow load shed off power lines, causing the lines to bounce and come in contact with one another, creating more outages.

In addition, on Monday evening a protective electrical device failed at the Bernice Lake substation in North Kenai, which serves about 2,700 Homer Electric Association customers. Repairs were made to the substation in about an hour. Most power was restored by 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Tuesday evening, the weather picked up again in the North Kenai area and caused scattered outages throughout the Nikiski area. Crews returned and worked to restore power, and as of Wednesday, HEA reported that the system was back to normal.



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