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Crane hits power lines causing outage in Hamakua

UPDATED (9:42 a.m. on 7/9/2016)

Hawai‘i Electric Light reports that electric service has been restored to customers from Kolekole Beach Park to Malua Gulch in the Hamakua district. Service was restored at 9:27 a.m.

At 2:17 a.m., a Hawaiian Dredging crane drifted into high voltage lines along the highway in Hakalau and caused a two-hour power outage for about 1,700 customers along the Hamakua coast. Starting at 7:17 a.m. about 400 customers from Kolekole Beach Park to Malua Gulch experienced a power outage while crews worked to safely remove the crane and repair damage to the high voltage lines.

“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and thank the community for their patience and understanding as our crews worked to safely remove the crane and restore service,” said Rhea Lee-Moku, Hawai‘i Electric Light spokeswoman.

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Hawaii County Civil Defense audio message on the power outage

HILO, Jul. 9, 2016 (8:30 a.m.) – Hawai‘i Electric Light is notifying customers in the Hamakua district, from Kolekole Beach Park to Malua Gulch, to expect an extended power outage that started at 7:17 a.m. Saturday morning. Early Saturday morning, a Hawaiian Dredging crane drifted into high voltage lines in Hakalau along the highway, causing a two-hour power outage for about 1,700 customers along the Hamakua coast. Crews are on site and preparing to remove the crane from the lines. This work will require an additional outage to customers and is expected to take three hours (until about 11:30 a.m.).

“We sincerely apologize for the interruptions,” said Rhea Lee-Moku, Hawai‘i Electric Light spokeswoman. “The safety of our community and our employees is our first priority. The extended outage today is necessary to ensure that everyone involved in removing the crane and repairing the lines remains safe.”

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