LADWP’s power restoration crews at work at 6th & Western to restore power.
LADWP crews continue to work at repairing damaged electrical equipment and restoring power to affected customers as record-setting high temperatures and unprecedented peak electricity demand persist in the City of Los Angeles. As of 3 P.M., localized power outages are affecting approximately 32,800 LADWP customers out of 1.5 million. LADWP continues to urge customers to reduce their electricity use where possible during peak hours between 2:00 – 9 p.m. today as well as on Sunday, as the current heat storm continues. Since the heat storm began Friday, LADWP crews have restored power to 16,500 residential and business customers with an average outage duration of 8 hours.
All available crews have been deployed this morning and they are working 16-hour shifts in extreme heat conditions to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. In additional, we have called in every available crew member and have brought crews in from Lone Pine, Bishop, Mojave, and Victorville, CA as well as contract crews to assist with restoration efforts. Crews working at temperatures of 110 degrees and above require more frequent breaks and these conditions can result in longer restoration times than in wind or rain storms.
At this time, due to the high number of localized outages, the estimated time for restoration is 12 – 24 hours, with some outages potentially taking longer to restore. Customers should plan for 12 to 24 hours without power and possibly even longer due to the high number of small localized outages. If the temperatures do not decrease significantly in the next few days, restoration could take more than 24 hours. We continue to monitor the situation closely and assure you that our crews are working as quickly and safely to restore power to all affected.
In the Metro Los Angeles area, the most-most affected communities remain the same as from this morning: Westlake with 6,000 customers without power; Koreatown with 3,100 customers without power; and Beverly Grove with approximately 2,000 customers without power.
In the valley area, most of Tarzana’s 1,600 customers without power have been restored. Half of Encino’s 3,100 affected customers have been restored. Sherman Oaks also has approximately 1,500 customers without power.
Below is a breakdown of the outages as of 3 P.M.
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During periods of excessively hot temperatures for extended periods of time, electrical equipment can become overheated as customers typically operate air conditioners around the clock, increasing the strain on neighborhood power distribution equipment.We appreciate our customers’ patience as our crews get power restored to those affected and we continue to urge customers to reduce their electricity use in the afternoon and evening hours by setting air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees and not using appliances like clothes washers and dryers until after 9pm.
Click here for more information on this record heat storm and how to conserve. If you need to cool off, the City of LA offers cooling centers where you can beat the heat.
To report a power outage, customers should call 1-800-DIAL-DWP. To check the status of an outage, visit our outage maps at http://www.ladwp.com .