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Story last updated at 4:19 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Power outages plague peninsula

Staff report

It's been a busy time for Homer Electric Association crews working to keep power on for Kenai Peninsula members. Despite strong winds, all power was restored by noon Wednesday.

Early Monday morning, a problem with an underground line near Heath Street caused an outage to 968 HEA members on a portion of Ocean Drive, the entire Homer Spit and from Jakolof Bay to Halibut Cove on the south side of Kachemak Bay. The power was back on by noon Monday, with three meters on Heath Street the last to be restored while repairs were completed.

A power outage at 4 p.m. Tuesday on the south side of the bay affected 161 meters. Parts of Seldovia, as well as Port Graham and Nanwalek were served by the Willard Generation Plant in Seldovia during the outage. Crews traveled by boat to Seldovia to work on a damaged pole and power line on Lund Road off Jakolof Bay Road.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, 394 HEA members in the Baycrest Hill-West Hill area lost power. Repair crews found a tree on a line and had power restored by about 8 p.m.

HEA crews worked through Tuesday night on the Seldovia outage and outages in Sterling and Kasilof, with all power restored by 10 a.m. Wednesday.

"If you see a downed power line, move away from the area immediately and report the incident to HEA or public health officials," said Joe Gallagher, HEA spokesperson. "Do not go near the power line, as it can cause serious injury or death."