Downed trees create area power outages

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2003

Crews from Homer Electric Association scrambled to restore power to a number of Kasilof residents Sunday, after heavy snow caused trees to fall into HEA power lines.

Although the latest outages affected around 850 people in the Kasilof area, a HEA spokesperson Joe Gallagher said Sunday that the company has struggled with the problem of heavy snow loads on trees for some time now.

"We've been experiencing outages for probably the last couple of weeks," Gallagher said. "The cause is consistently heavy snow loads on small trees."

Over the weekend, power outages occurred in areas of Nikiski, Kasilof, Soldotna and Sterling, Gallagher said.

Gallagher said power was expected to be restored in Kasi-lof sometime Sunday evening.

HEA has been taking precautionary measures to keep up with the situation, he said, but it's tough to keep up with this winter's heavy snows.

"We've had a crew assigned specifically to go to those areas that have been especially problematic and get those trees out of there," he said. "Those small trees get weight on them and they just come down."

Anyone experiencing a power outage should call HEA offices in Homer at 235-8551, Kenai at 283-5831 or toll-free at (800) 478-8551.

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