Power restored to most in Hawaii neighborhood hit by lava
HILO, Hawaii (AP) – An electric utility on the Big Island has restored power to nearly all active customers in a neighborhood that was evacuated when the Kilauea volcano began erupting.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Hawaii Electric Light Co. spokeswoman Rhea Lee-Moku says power has been restored to all customers who requested reconnections to their homes in Leilani Estates except at a few sites where damaged equipment still needs to be replaced.
The residential neighborhood in Pahoa was evacuated following the May 3 eruption. Lava later destroyed dozens of homes in the neighborhood.
Lee-Moku says the utility was able to conduct assessments before the mandatory evacuation zone was lifted early last month.
She says the properties that lack power have damaged equipment, have not requested reconnection, or were destroyed or isolated by lava.