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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The only remaining apartment building without power on the east side of the base would likely not have electricity and water restored until Saturday, Yokota officials said Thursday.

Many of the 60 families from building 4303 are taking shelter in a vacant apartment building on base. Others who have been staying with friends can opt to receive housing upon request, Yokota spokeswoman Capt. Tania Bryan said Thursday.

Homes on the east side lost power Monday evening after a quick and heavy rain soaked the base. The basements of some buildings flooded, causing their electrical systems to malfunction. At the same time, two of the three main transformers on that side of the base failed, and the outage spread to all 1,000 east-side homes by Tuesday morning, though most were restored that evening.

Workers repaired one of the two broken transformers Thursday night and began restoring air-conditioning to many of the homes on the east side that had power but were cut off from air-conditioning to help conserve energy during the outage, Bryan said.

It was still unclear Thursday how and when the other broken transformer would be repaired.

Base legal officials on Thursday met with residents regarding claims resulting from the outage and flood. The military will reimburse people for spoiled food, water-damaged items and other incidentals, Yokota officials said Wednesday during a town hall meeting.

The Yokota Red Cross will consider reimbursements for items not covered by the military on a case-by-case basis, said Mary Basiliere, senior station manager at the Red Cross.

The organization was also offering free computer and Internet access and long-distance telephone calls from its office at the Airman and Family Readiness Center for those affected by the outage. Call DSN 225-7522 for more information. reedc@pstripes.osd.mil

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