YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Base workers on Tuesday were still trying to restore electricity to an apartment tower that went dark last week.

About 60 residents of building 4303 remain in furnished temporary quarters, where they have been since last July 6. Some 400 residents were evacuated from their homes during a power outage on the east side of Yokota that began July 5 after a heavy rain.

Roughly 1,000 homes went dark after flooding damaged the transformers and electrical wiring in building 4303 and two other buildings and caused two of three major transformers on that side of the base to malfunction. Power to most of the apartments and town homes were restored within a couple of days, and one of the two broken transformers has been repaired.

Base officials were working to get 4303 and the last transformer up as soon as possible, said base spokeswoman Capt. Tania Bryan.

On Tuesday, workers were still awaiting parts to repair some of the electrical paneling in 4303, according to a statement from the base.

Residents can still file claims for flood damage and spoiled food with the base legal office, officials said.

From staff reports

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