YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Flooding in the basement of two housing towers caused much of the base to lose electricity Monday evening and Tuesday.

All of the homes on the east side of the base were still without power as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, though it was expected to be restored by late afternoon, base spokeswoman Capt. Tania Bryan said.

Workers had to cut the power to all of the east side to repair the two towers, she said.

The restoration effort also caused the west side to lose power for several hours beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, and the rest of the base for about an hour at 1:30 p.m.

The problem started late Monday afternoon when heavy rains built up in the basement of the two east-side towers, said Air Force spouse Marisa Martin, a resident of one of the towers.

"It's no one's fault," Martin said Tuesday, seeking refuge from the sticky July weather at the base exchange food court. "But it's still miserable."

From staff reports

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