Outages hit lower Kenai Peninsula

Homer Electric Association crews responded to numerous power outages on the lower Kenai Peninsula between Dec. 29 and Jan. 1.

According to reports on HEA’s Facebook page, scattered outages affected the Homer Spit, Seldovia, Port Graham, Nanwalek, Jakolof Bay, downtown Homer, Skyline Drive and Anchor Point. Many of the outages were caused by high winds and snow loads on trees and lines.

In one outage, a line spanning a gully above Mountainview Avenue and Island View Court touched the ground and arced. Homer Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and Homer Police responded to the area.

“It just hopped around on the ground, looking to go to ground and creating arcs and stuff,” said Don Reed, who lives on Island View Court. “… It would glow. I had been reading about that Con Edison thing in New York where it lit up the sky. It was exactly the same thing.”

Here’s a summary of the outages:

• Dec. 29: A downed power line above Island View Court fell at 8:34 a.m., knocking out power to 469 customers. HEA crews using a helicopter had to string a new line. Power was restored at 9:38 a.m., but at 4:38 p.m., a circuit had to be taken out of service to repair the downed lines. Power came back at 4:55 p.m.

• Dec. 30: Power went out at 7:29 a.m. in the Eagleaerie Avenue, Skyline Drive and Ohlson Mountain areas. HEA crews in tracked vehicles and a helicopter patrolled the area to determine the cause of the outage. Power to 101 of 136 members was restored by 11:16 a.m. and all members by 1:20 p.m. HEA determined that most likely snow falling off lines caused them to slap together, causing an outage.

• Dec. 30: Power went out at 9:25 a.m. on the Homer Spit and across Kachemak Bay in the Seldovia-Jakolof Bay area. At 10:10 a.m. HEA crews determined the circuit that feeds the Spit to across the bay had gone out. Engineers could not restart the Seldovia generator. At 11:32 a.m. HEA crews got the Port Graham generator going, restoring power to 175 of 1,039 members. At 11:41 a.m., crews restored power to the Spit. At 1:55 p.m. crews found a broken insulator in the Seldovia area. By 3:02 p.m. power had been restored to all members across the bay.

• Dec. 30-Dec. 31: Power went out at 11:31 p.m. in the North Fork Road area near Anchor Point, affecting about 2,700 members. At 1:35 a.m. Dec. 31, HEA dispatch received reports of another 826 members affected in Kasilof. At 2:20 a.m., about 3,500 members had lost power from Kasilof to Anchor Point. At 2:46 a.m. power was restored to 826 members in Kasilof and at 4:52 a.m. power was restored to members in Anchor Point and the area. The cause was probably due to snow loading on lines and circuit issues.

• Jan. 1: At 2:07 a.m. power was reported out in Seldovia and Port Graham. At 10:29 a.m. crews restored power to most members in Seldovia, with power still out in Jakolof Bay due to a tree on the line. At 10:30 a.m. power was restored to members in Port Graham and Nanwalek. Power was still out to Mile 6 Jakolof Bay Road.

• Jan. 1: At 3:01 a.m. power went out in the East Hill Road and Mission Hill Road area. At 7:39 a.m. power was restored. The cause was a downed line from a tree.

Reach Michael Armstrong at marmstrong@homernews.com.