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Power outage kept Ewa Beach community in the dark for more than 30 hours

HONOLULU (KHON2) - What would you do if you didn't have power for 30 hours?  

That's the case for thousands of residents in Ewa Beach.

Residents at Kapilina Beach Homes have been reaching out to KHON2 News for answers.

A spokesperson for the Hawaiian Electric Company says it received reports of an outage in the Iroquois Point area around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

HECO says an investigation found that a rat had gotten into its substation equipment, causing fuses to blow and an outage to Kapilina Beach Homes.

At 10 p.m. Thursday, HECO says crews are done installing the mobile substation unit and the military is working to get power restored to homes.  At 10:40 p.m. Thursday, HECO says the Navy reported that all power was restored to homes.

A HECO spokesperson said that replacing a substation transformer is a lengthy process as most circuits have a backup.  But officials say this area is former military housing where no backup exists, and they called it "an unusual situation."

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