HEA works to restore power

Winter weather has caused multiple power outages.

“The outages were the result of heavy snow load that brought lines down and also caused trees to come into contact with the power lines,” said Joe Gallagher, public relations coordinator for Homer Electric Association.

As of Wednesday morning HEA had repaired nearly all the outages impacting about 2,000 HEA members in Anchor Point, Funny River, Homer, Kasilof Keys, Kenai, Nikiski, Seldovia, Soldotna and Sterling. Areas still being addressed were Griner Avenue in Anchor Point and Sunset Avenue in Nikiski.

“The largest outage is in the Seldovia area where power remains out along Jakolof Bay Road to Big Tutka Bay,” said Gallagher. “HEA crews were able to get to Seldovia area on Tuesday, but the heavy snowfall prevented (them) from being able to patrol the entire line and make the repairs needed to safely energize the line between the generation plant and Big Tutka Bay.” The crew were to continue work Wednesday.

Those experiencing outages are urged to call HEA’s outage reporting hotline: (888) 868-8243, 888-8OUTAGE.

“Please remember to always stay away from downed power lines,” said Gallagher. “The lines are extremely dangerous and getting too close to a line can cause serious injury or death.”