Homer Electric Association members and crews got hit hard on Monday after a heavy snowfall covered the Kenai Peninsula. The outages began on Sunday evening and carried into Tuesday.
Bruce Shelley with HEA took to social media on Monday night to update residents: “It’s been a tough day for all of us with power out. All crews are out there, and they have been working to get everyone power back.”
According to Shelley these outages were caused mostly by heavy snow: “These outages are due to the heavy snow, they build up on the lines, that’s what we call snow loading. They build up on the lines and when the snow falls off the line bounce backs and blows a fuse. Another reason for outages are trees burdened with heavy snow that are coming down on the lines.”
The Line crews are continuing to work as quickly and safely as possible, and have restored several outages since the latest update from HEA, but the outages keep mounting.
To report an outage call 888-868-8243. Dispatchers are working very hard to keep the outage map up to date. Refer to the map for your outage area. To view the outage map, click here https://outage.homerelectric.com/…/Mobile…/OMSMobileMap.htm….