*Updated as of 10 am, Feb. 7, 2024, regarding stormwater capture totals
LOS ANGELES (FEBRUARY 7, 2024) – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) crews continue to make progress restoring power to customers who lost power as a result of the atmospheric river. Crews worked tirelessly Tuesday evening to restore power to all customers affected by an outage in portions of Koreatown. Customers who subscribe to receive LADWP outage alerts for Koreatown received the restoration notification by email or text last night informing them their power was restored and to reset their circuit breakers if their power has not turned back on. If resetting their circuit breaker does not restore power, customers should report it online at www.ladwp.com/outages or by calling the call center at 1-800-DIAL-DWP.
As of 7 am, LADWP crews have restored 76,381 customers since the start of the storm Sunday with 1,585 customers who remain without power as a result of the effects of the rainstorm, with half of those customers being from the outage in Brentwood. Crews worked overnight to whittle the number of customers affected by the Brentwood outage down to 671 customers as of 7 a.m.
The Brentwood outage began after a large tree toppled and took down several spans of power lines with it. As a result of the damage to the overhead equipment, underground equipment serving that particular circuit was also affected and continues to undergo repairs. At its height, the outage resulted in more than 2,700 customers without power. Crews continue to work on the complex repairs from the underground issue and won’t stop until all customers have their power restored.
During the day on Tuesday, LADWP crews worked with the City’s Bureau of Street Services to remove the fallen tree in Brentwood so that LADWP crews could begin repairs and restoration. A separate crew spent all of Tuesday isolating the underground power cable that was affecting portions of Koreatown, pumping water out of the flooded vaults, and replacing two underground transformers to restore all affected customers by the evening.
Crews continue to work on restoring power to customers affected by outages in East Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Mid-Wilshire, San Pedro and Pacific Palisades.
LADWP’s outage response level remains elevated, with a response time of 4-12 hours for crews to begin repairs, from the time an outage is reported.
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.
To report an outage, sign up to receive outage alerts for up to three communities, or to track the status of your outage, visit www.ladwp.com/outages. Customers can call the customer call center at 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397).
Meanwhile, on the stormwater capture front, LADWP, in collaboration with LA County, has captured more than 7 billion gallons of stormwater since the beginning of Sunday’s storm event, which has the potential to become drinking water supply for more than 86,000 LA households.
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