Alaska Storm Damage Expected to Top $2M

November 23, 2011
photo credit: Homer Electric Association, Brian Laleme

An official with the Homer Electric Association expects this month’s wind storms on the Kenai Peninsula to wind up costing more than $2 million.

Joe Gallagher tells the Peninsula Clarion that figure includes equipment and personnel costs to restore power. Three storms left more than 13,000 homes without power at some point of the month.

Kenai Peninsula Borough officials are considering seeking a combined disaster declaration.

Power was restored late Friday to the last of the residents left in the dark after winds uprooted trees that fell onto power lines.

Homer Electric Association workers will also go back over the next few weeks to look for damaged trees that could cause further outages.

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