LOS ANGELES (FEBRUARY 7, 2024) – As of Wednesday evening, LADWP crews have restored 82,246 customers since the start of the storm Sunday with 1,412 out of LADWP’s 1.5 million customers who remain without power. Crews have also restored power to an apartment complex in Brentwood with more than 100 units after performing complex underground repairs.
The outage in Brentwood was a result of a large tree that toppled, taking down several spans of power lines with it. The damage to the overhead equipment also caused damage to underground equipment which provided power to the apartment complex.
As of Wednesday evening, the communities that remain without power as a result of the atmospheric river that hit the region Sunday are portions of: Mid-Wilshire, Westlake, Fairfax, Beverly Grove, Cypress Park, Central-Alameda, Watts, Hollywood Hills, Beverly Crest and San Pedro in the metro area, and Studio City and Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley. Several of the outages began today and could be a result of continued flooding conditions into underground electric vaults, saturated soil and wind conditions, while others are older outages with complex repairs that continue.
In Mid-Wilshire, crews are working to restore power to customers affected by three separate outages. One of the outages is affecting multiple blocks with crews installing overhead equipment as a temporary repair until a collapsed underground conduit can be dug up and repaired.
There are significant mudslides and washouts near the 8600-8700 block of Mulholland Drive between Bowmont Drive to Skyline Drive due to the heavy rain in Los Angeles over the past several days. As part of the continued unified response to the storm, City departments continue with an all-hands-on-deck approach to address the affected areas. For its part, LADWP has relocated a power pole in the affected area to a nearby location on the hillside. No customers will experience an outage during this relocation work.
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 an estimated 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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