LADWP crews working to repair damaged cable in the 5400 block of Fulton Avenue
With another triple-digit day of record-breaking heat, electricity demand and additional outages, LADWP has increased its estimated restoration time from 12 – 24 hours to 24-48 hours, with restoration work on some more complex outages potentially taking longer than 48 hours. Unrelenting weather conditions and high energy demand continue to strain equipment, ranging from underground cables, to overhead power lines, as well as larger-scale equipment including overloaded power distribution stations and related equipment. Power restoration crews have been called in from DWP facilities in Lone Pine, Bishop, Mojave, and Victorville CA, as well as from contract crews to assist LA-based crews working 16-hour shifts around the clock to restore power to all affected customers. Saturday’s peak electricity use exceeded 5700 megawatts, making it the 2nd highest weekend day in LA history.
As of 10 P.M., localized power outages are affecting approximately 37,000 LADWP customers out of 1.5 million. Since the heat storm began Friday, LADWP crews have restored power to nearly 20,000 customers with an average outage duration of 11 hours.
In the Metro Los Angeles area, Beverly Grove is down to 19 customers affected from 2,000 without power earlier in the afternoon. Other communities with the most customers impacted are: Westlake with 4,600 customers without power; Koreatown, 4,900 customers; Los Feliz at 3,300 customers; and Exposition Park, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Larchmont, Hollywood and Hancock Park ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 customers without power.
In the valley area, Encino is down to 78 customers without power, down from 1,400 customers this afternoon. Sherman Oaks has approximately 1,600 customers without power.
Below is a breakdown of the outages as of 10 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 .