December 5, 2019 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) continues to work around the clock to restore the numerous power outages across the upper Kenai Peninsula that began on Sunday evening December 1, 2019 when heavy, wet snow blanketed HEA’s northern service area. The heavy snow load wreaked havoc on the power lines, especially in the Nikiski area.
As of the morning of Thursday, December 5, HEA has reports of 180 members still without power, down from 3,100 without power on December 3. It has been a collaborative effort with the entire HEA line crew working these outages, alongside four contract crews, and Carlos Tree Service working on tree mitigation in the Nikiski area.
HEA will be flying close to the power lines in Nikiski via helicopter today to assess the damage.
If you have been without power for a substantial time, please take it upon yourself to seek safety and comfort for your family. Whether that means purchasing a generator or staying at a family or friend’s residence, please prepare your family with the basic needs and keep emergency supplies during winter storms.
The forecast for the next few days calls for likely snow showers through the weekend and rain at the top of next week. With that, there is still a probability of outages being caused by snow shedding off the power lines and trees. HEA crews continue to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Your patience and understanding are appreciated in this huge effort.
Visit and “Like” HEA’s Facebook page for real time outage notifications. The HEA Facebook page is the fastest way to get outage updates. Please DO NOT report your outage on Facebook – use the Outage Hotline by calling 1-888-8OUTAGE (1-888-868-8243) as this phone number is directly monitored by HEA’s Operations Department. If you have general questions, contact HEA’s Member Services Department at 1-800-478-8551.