REPORT FROM HECO – As of 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, electric service was restored to more than 2,000 customers in the Ewa Beach area who had been mostly without power since Friday. Management crews worked through the night to make repairs on the underground lines serving the area.
Service to approximately 950 customers in the Kaneohe/Kahuluu area who lost power Saturday afternoon was also restored.
“Our management crews wanted to stay until the job was done because our customers had been without power for so long,” said Lynne Unemori, Hawaiian Electric vice president for corporate relations. “These crews expressed gratitude to many people who thanked them for their work by honking, flashing lights and in one in case, delivering hot coffee to the work site.”
Up to 500 customers remain out of power due to pocket outages – from a single home to a cluster of homes – in scattered locations around the island. Management crews will address those areas as quickly as possible in a safe manner. Six utility poles remain down along Old Fort Weaver Road but the power has been routed to other circuits so no customers should be without power due to the downed poles.
A portion of Old Fort Weaver Road remains blocked. Management crews and contractors are also replacing utility 15 poles on Fort Weaver Road and three utility poles on Fort Barrette road that were knocked down during severe weather early Friday morning.