Hawai`i Electric Light: Downed Power Lines Spotted in Leilani Estates

Hawai`i Electric Light is reporting that downed power lines have been spotted in the Leilani Estates subdivision and with some people returning to their homes to retrieve items.

The utility is warning residents that any downed lines should be assumed that they are still energized and dangerous.

Hawai`i Electric Light employees have been in the Leilani area on Monday and representation will at this evening’s community meeting at Pahoa High & Intermediate School from 5:30 p.m. to answer any questions.

While the lava flow damaged poles and lines and cut electric service to parts of Leilani Estates after it was evacuated last week, electric service is still on to about half the subdivision. 

With the shutdown of the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, officials say they still have sufficient power generation available to meet the island’s needs. In addition, as of Monday afternoon and given the latest information about the eruption, officials say there is no imminent threat to critical transmission infrastructure.

Hawai`i Electric Light reminds residents to stay at least three car lengths away from downed or low hanging power lines. Assume they are energized and dangerous. If you see someone injured after touching a downed power line, call 9-1-1 for help.

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