LOS ANGELES (FEBRUARY 6, 2024)–The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has reported that as of 9:00 a.m., approximately 7,011 customers remain without power, while 53,595 have had their power restored since the start of the storm. Currently, the most impacted areas include Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood.
Outages caused by fallen trees can take additional time to restore, as the tree limbs need to be cleared before work can begin on fixing the power structures. Other complications include flooding in multiple underground vaults which need to be located before they can be pumped out prior to repairs.
LADWP’s first priority during storm conditions is responding to reports of downed wires for public safety. If that occurs, our first responsibility is to secure the area to protect the public, de-energize wires and make the area safe. Only after this is done can crews begin to conduct repair work and restore power.
Additional crews came on board at 6:30 a.m. this morning to relieve staff who have been working up to 16-hour shifts, and will continue to work throughout the storm to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Work underway includes vegetation management, overhead transmission, street light, and overhead distribution design. In the Owens Valley, extra crews stand ready for deployment, if needed.
LADWP Call Centers also have additional staffing to accommodate any potential increases in call volume during this storm.
LADWP reminds the public to NEVER TOUCH A DOWNED or DANGLING WIRE or ANYONE OR ANYTHING in contact with it. Always assume a downed wire is still energized with high voltage electricity. Stay away and immediately CALL 9-1-1.
We encourage everyone to report a power outage online and to check the map for status at ladwp.com/outages. You can also sign up for outage text alerts if you visit the website. Customers can call us at 1-800-DIAL-DWP. Updates for specific affected neighborhood outages will also be shared via LADWP’s Nextdoor account.