Early power outage hits K-Beach residents

About 2,200 Homer Electric Association members were without power Tuesday morning during an outage that stretched from the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Kalifornsky Beach Road to the Red Diamond Center in Soldotna.

The outage began around 3:30 a.m. and power was restored to all members by 8:30 a.m., said Director of Member Relations Joe Gallagher. About half of the HEA members affected by the outage had their power restored by 7:30 a.m., he said.

“We had a tree on a power line actually in two spots on K-Beach Road,” Gallagher said. “The heavy, wet snow is really rough on our system.”

A wire also fell along K-Beach Road, so HEA personnel responded to three separate spots in the affected area. Gallagher said no other outages have been reported and the best way to prepare for them is to continue year-long clearing of HEA’s right-of-ways or making sure trees are not endangering the power lines.

Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsulaclarion.com.

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