Los Angeles Rainstorm Power Outages
JANUARY 20, 2017 (LOS ANGELES) — As of 2:30 p.m., approximately 10,000 of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) 1.4 million electric customers are affected by power outages as a result of the rainstorm moving through the Los Angeles area. The utility is working hard to restore power to all customers as quickly and safely as possible.
At approximately 12:30 p.m., tree branches fell into a local distributing station serving portions of Van Nuys and Panorama City, knocking out power to 1,000 customers in the area, including Van Nuys Airport. LADWP crews responded and are in the process of restoring power to affected customers. This was fully restored as of 1:45 p.m.
The most frequent causes of power outages during rain storms are dried palm fronds, tree branches and other debris that fall and make contact with power lines.
LADWP added extra crews in advance of today’s strong storm and they are currently working in affected neighborhoods.
LADWP urges all customers to use caution around downed or dangling power wires or poles. Always assume a downed line is still energized; never touch one. Report any downed power lines immediately by calling the LADWP at 1-800-DIAL-DWP. If you or someone else is in danger, call 9-1-1.
For more information about today’s outages, please check LADWP’s Twitter page @LADWP and www.ladwp.com > Power Outages.