8,000 People Still Without Power in Boyle Heights

August 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 8,200 Department of Water and Power customers were without electricity in the Boyle Heights area today as outages continued to affect the Southland amid a sweltering heat wave.

The DWP blamed “equipment overloading” at the distributing station serving the area, as customers used air conditioners to seek relief from scorching temperatures. Crews were working to reroute circuits in an effort to restore service, estimated to happen by midnight, according to the utility.

In addition, they are installing portable high-voltage equipment to pick up the load if rerouting does not permit full restoration,” according to a DWP statement.

Another 3,000 customers in other city neighborhoods — including the Hollywood Hills, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Sun Valley, Pacoima, Van Nuys and Arleta — were also without power this afternoon.

To report outages in other areas, call 1-800-DIAL-DWP.

Customers were urged to reduce their use of electricity to alleviate strain on overloaded equipment by keeping thermostats set at 78 degrees; closing curtains, blinds and drapes to block out sunlight and keep home interiors cool; and avoiding use of major appliances between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m., when electricity demand is highest.

Outage status can be checked at www.ladwp.com or via the DWP’s Twitter account: @LADWP.

Crash Triggers Montebello Power Outage

January 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A Quality Inn Hotel in Montebello lost its power after a big rig crashed into a utility pole and sheered off a fire hydrant this afternoon, Montebello police said.

It happened about 3:50 p.m. on Telegraph Road near Gage Road, police said

There were people stuck in hotel elevators as a result of the power outage but they were rescued, according to police.

Southern California Edison estimated on its website that power could be restored by 11:30 p.m.

Telegraph Road was closed between Greenwood and Slauson avenues for accident-related repairs, police said.

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