Major power outage scheduled for Schofield, Wheeler

| June 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Schofield Barracks

Schofield Barracks

 

Karen A. Iwamoto
Staff Writer

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Public Works is reminding those on post about a power outage affecting Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield and surrounding areas on post.

The outage is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, and will last approximately 10 hours.

Schofield Barracks will be without power between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wheeler Army Airfield will be without power between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

This outage impacts all housing on Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield, according to Gregory Hinkle, DPW operations officer.

Those who plan to be on post are urged to exercise caution while driving because only the traffic light at the Foote Gate on Schofield Barracks will be operating normally, Hinkle explained. All other intersections should be treated as four-way stops.

Wheeler Army Airfield

Wheeler Army Airfield

Those who need urgent medical care can visit the Schofield Barracks Acute Care Clinic between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., said Brittany Jaccaud, the clinic’s customer relations specialist. Also, the clinic’s pharmacy will be open from 8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and then from 1:30-4 p.m.

“We can handle things like broken bones, sick kids, if you have a strep throat or need stitches,” Jaccaud said. “Anything that is life threatening, such as the loss of limb, loss of an eye or a heart attack, you should go to the nearest ER. If you come here with a life-threatening situation, we will transport you to (Tripler Army Medical Center).”

The Schofield Barracks Commissary will be open during reduced hours, said Brad McMinn, the commissary’s director.

“There’s no early bird shopping, but it’s business as usual between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.,” McMinn said.

The Kolekole Bar & Grill on Schofield Barracks will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with plans to serve a full menu, said Suzanne King, director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

FMWR plans to open Tropics and the Schofield Barracks Bowling Center once power is restored after 6 p.m.

Leilehua Golf Course, which is adjacent to the East Range, will be open, as will its restaurant, the Leilehua Bar & Grill (a.k.a. “The Grill”). However, the Pro Shop will be closed due to the outage.

The Grill’s hours of operation, 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., will remain the same, but the menu may be limited to items, such as sandwiches and burgers, while the outage is in effect, said Lynn Wakui, administrative support assistant for the Leilehua Golf Course.

According to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the Car Care Center/Express at Foote Gate is tentatively scheduled to be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Three food trucks on Schofield Barracks will also be in operation, according to AAFES. Baja Taco, not far from the Lyman Gate will be open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Wing Hut, in the Schofield Barracks Exchange parking lot, will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Two Little Pigs food truck in the Kolekole Express parking lot on Schofield Barracks will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The outage is part of ongoing efforts to upgrade the Castner Substation on Schofield Barracks, Hinkle said. The Castner Substation was installed in 1944 and is one of two main electrical substations powering the installation.

The upgrades include replacing four failing transformers, replacing two outdated oil-circuit breakers (which were difficult to source because of their age), replacing damaged air switches and replacing old metering equipment, according to Hinkle.

Saturday’s outage is the third in a series of outages to support the upgrades. The first two took place in February and March.

 

Buildings without power

The following organizations will be impacted by the outage:

FMWR buildings closed Saturday:

•486/488 Martinez Physical Fitness Center.

•557 Schofield Bowl.

•560 Yano Hall-Library.

•572 Warren Skills Development Center.

•578 Richardson Pool.

•582 Health and Fitness Center.

•585 Tennis Courts Office.

•589 Tropics.

•645 Youth Sports Office.

•910 Auto Skills Center.

•1283 School Support Services.

•2060 Nehelani.

•2106 Outdoor Recreation Equipment Storage.

•2110 Outdoor Recreation Complex.

•3320 Leisure Travel Service.

•9090 Bennett Youth Center.

•9098 Bennett Child Development Center.

•Bldg. 283, School Support Services, will also be closed; sometimes Saturday classes take place in the building, but not today.

 

AAFES facilities to be closed follow:

•364 Paradise Express.

•583 Sgt. Smith Theater.

•694 Main Store and Food Court.

•2606 Popeyes/Burger King.

•3320 Home Center.

 

Dining Facilities to be closed follow:

•357, 3rd BCT.

•2085, 2nd SBCT.

 

Those still experiencing disruption in electrical services after 6 p.m., Saturday, may call DPW at 656-3272.

 

Outage Tips

Island Palm Communities has the following tips for residents impacted by the outage:

•Open the refrigerator and freezer only when necessary.

•If there is space, freeze gallon jugs of water to help maintain the freezer’s temperature. Be sure to fill the jugs no more than ¾ full to allow for expansion when freezing.

•Have extra ice on hand and a cooler to keep perishable food cold.

•Foods in the freezer will remain frozen for one day provided the door remains shut.

•Foods in the refrigerator will remain unspoiled for up to six hours. Condiments typically last longer unrefrigerated.

For more tips, click on the “Safety and Emergency” tab at hawaiianelectric.com.

 

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