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Power Restored to all Hawai’i Electric Light Customers

January 7, 2015, 7:03 PM HST
* Updated January 7, 7:15 PM
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Power restoration has been completed by Hawai’i Electric Light following weekend storm weather that knocked power out and affected 46,000 customers.

Utility crews completed repairs to all major damage caused by the storm system and restored power to the remaining 10 customers on Cane Haul Road in Honoka’a and in a remote area of Waipi’o Valley by about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

“We would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding as we worked to safely restore electric service,” said Rhea Lee, Hawai’i Electric Light spokesperson. “We realize how frustrating and difficult it is to be without electricity for an extended period of time, and our dedicated employees worked very long hours to assist customers and restore service as quickly as possible.

“The safety of the community and our employees always is our top priority. This storm damage infrastructure around the island and some of the more extensive damaged occurred in remote areas that were difficult to access until fallen trees and brush were removed, hindering repair progress in some cases.”

On Tuesday, crews restored power to about 240 customers and about 120 customers remained without power. Crews worked through the night Tuesday and into Wednesday to restore power to customers, and as of Wednesday morning, only 10 remained without power. Those 10 customers regained power Wednesday afternoon.

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Hawai’i Electric Light asks the public to report outages, downed power lines, or damaged utility equipment by calling 969-6666.

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