LADWP crews working to repair damaged cable on Commonwealth Avenue to restore power to apartment building behind them.
LADWP power system crews made significant progress overnight and now have restored power to nearly 51,000 customers since the heat storm began Friday. Additional overnight crews and cooler temperatures in the late evening and early morning hours helped crews who have been working 16-hour shifts make progress.
As of 10 A.M. Sunday morning, crews continue to work to restore power to 29,350 customers out of LADWP’s 1.5 million total customers. Power restoration crews include staff who have been called in from DWP facilities in Lone Pine, Bishop, Mojave, and Victorville CA, as well as from contract crews.
For customers currently without power, LADWP estimates 24 – 48 hours to restore service from the time the outage occurred. Some more complex outage repairs may take longer than 48 hours.
Saturday’s peak electricity use exceeded 5700 megawatts, making it the 2nd highest weekend day in LA history. Friday’s peak electricity use reached 6256 Megawatts (MW), setting a new record for a July day.
Below is a breakdown of the outages as of 10 A.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 .