(BIVN) – Work continues this evening to restore power to customers in portions of Honoka‘a, Kukuihaele, Waipunahina, Kalopa State Park, and Waipio Valley who have been without electricity since the utility infrastructure was damaged during this weekend’s storm.
16 damaged transmission poles and lines were downed by gusty winds and fallen trees on Sunday, the Hawaiʻi Electric Light Company says. A partial lane closure of Hawai‘i Belt Road in Kalōpā between mile marker 38 and 39 will continue through Wednesday, Feb. 13. HELCO crews will work through the night and tomorrow to complete the work.
According to a power company media release:
Hawai‘i Electric Light partnered with the state Department of Transportation and County of Hawai‘i’s Department of Public Works today to safely remove an uprooted 150-foot tall tree that was leaning toward power lines and the highway. Once the tree was removed, utility crews from Hilo, Kona and Waimea began the pole installations.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the construction area and expect delays of up to 45 minutes. HELCO also says that you should “always assume that downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Stay at least 30 feet away and report it to the Trouble Desk at (808) 969-6666.”