143,000 Customers Restored Since Start of Storm; Customer out Longer than 48 hours Are Priority for Restoration
February 27, 2023 (LOS ANGELES) – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) crews worked through the weekend and around the clock to restore power to customers affected by rain and wind storm-related power outages that began Friday February 24th. As of Noon Monday, there were approximately 27,000 customers without power. Since the start of the storm, crews have restored power to over 143,000 customers. Of those customers whose power went out on Friday approximately 1,200 remained without power as of Noon Monday. Crews are working to restore these customers and others who have been out the longest as quickly and safely as possible. LADWP is prioritizing customers who have been out the longest for restoration efforts.
Storm damage caused hundreds of hazardous conditions at locations across the City. LADWP crews responded to those first to protect our customers and our crews, while also working to restore power. These incidents slowed restoration work and as a result, some outages, including complex repairs, will take longer to restore. Again, crews will prioritize work to restore power to those who have been affected the longest. In many instances our crews responded to a location to ensure downed wires were cleared first before returning later to make repairs. We understand this was disheartening and confusing to many customers and want to make sure our customers know that safely securing an incident location was our highest priority for their protection and the protection of our crews.
“We understand that the outages caused by this extreme weather can be frustrating, especially when repairs extend beyond 24 and 48 hours,” said Brian Wilbur, Senior Assistant General Manager – Power System. “The hazardous field conditions created by the storm are making restoration more difficult, but our crews are working as efficiently and safely as they can to get everyone restored.”
LADWP will continue to provide updates on outage restoration as crews make progress on our newspage at www.ladwpnews.com and via Twitter (@ladwp) and NextDoor.