August 30, 2017 – Homer Electric Association, Inc., (HEA) experienced multiple power outages due to high winds in the Soldotna/Nikiski/Sterling areas on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
The first outage came in around 9:44 AM with 25 members reporting no power in the Nikiski area. HEA responded to a downed power line along Island Lake Road and Village Avenue. The crew completed repairs at 12:47 PM.
The second outage came in at 10:54 AM. This outage left 712 members without power in the Scout Lake Loop and Funny River areas of Sterling/Soldotna. The crew found another power line down due to a fallen tree. The crew was initially able to restore power to 350 members at 12:54 PM and then proceeded to make repairs to the downed line. The remaining 362 member’s power was back on at 3:31 PM.
The third outage occurred at Mile 106 of the Sterling Highway at 11:30 AM leaving 11 members without power. The cause of the outage was another tree on the lines. The crew completed repairs by 1:40 PM and restored power to all members.
The fourth outage at 12:16 PM at Forelands and Kenai Spur Highway was a downed power line caused by a tree falling through the line. Seven members saw their power restored by 2:22 PM.
Please remember to stay away from downed power lines as this can result in serious injury or even death. Call 911 or HEA if you come across a fallen power line. DO NOT attempt to get out of your car if the line is in the road or lands on your car.