Working in extreme conditions, crews restore power to over 52,000 customers; 66,500 remain without power as of 10AM
February 25, 2023 (LOS ANGELES)–Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews worked through pouring rain and strong winds overnight to restore power to customers affected by storm-related power outages. As of 10AM Saturday morning, power had been restored to over 52,000 customers, while approximately 66,500 other customers remained without power out of LADWP’s 1.5 million electric customers.
With heavy rain continuing this morning, LADWP urges customers to avoid downed power lines if you see one and call 911 immediately.
At 10:30 PM Friday night, less than 7,000 customers were affected by power outages across the City. However, when strong winds picked up, power outages increased and climbed to a high of 78,000 by 1 AM.
LADWP has all available line crews in the field working on restoration, along with tree clearing crews and they have made strong progress. “Our crews are the best at what they do and will work around the clock until every customer has power restored, said Brian Wilbur, Senior Assistant General Manager – Power System.”
At this time, LADWP is advising customers without power that it may take 24-48 hours before a crew can respond to make repairs. “While we know this is an extended period of time and a significant inconvenience for our customers, we want to assure everyone affected that we’re working hard to get power restored. The weather, crew safety and the complexity of some repairs related to downed trees will largely determine how quickly we are able to get power restored” Wilbur added.
We encourage all customers to sign up to receive LADWP’s community outage alerts in English or Spanish for up to three neighborhoods, via phone and/or email. Sign up at: ladwp.com/OutageAlert.
If your power does go out:
- Report it online at ladwp.com/outages or by calling 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397)
- Use a flashlight instead of candles, as a light source.
- Switch off all lights, except for one, so you will know when your power has been restored.
- Once your power is restored, it may require you to reset your circuit breaker for lights to come back on.
- Keep your refrigerator closed to keep food cold.
- Check on vulnerable friends and neighbors to make sure they are safe.
LADWP will continue to provide updates on outage restoration as crews make progress on our newspage at ladwpnews.com and via Twitter (@ladwp) and NextDoor.