Update: Los Angeles Rainstorm Power Outages 8 p.m.
Crews Will Work Through the Night To Restore Power to Impacted Customers
LOS ANGELES (February 17, 2017) — As of 8 p.m. utility crews continue to work through high winds and heavy rain to restore service to approximately 82,000 of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) 1.5 million electric customers affected by power outages throughout the Los Angeles area.
Crews are working hard to restore power to all customers as quickly and safely as possible and will work around the clock to until all customers have service restored. However, with the high number of individual outage incidents and the intense weather expected to continue through the night, LADWP power system staff currently estimates restoration will take between 12 and 24 hours. Depending on whether heavy rains and wind continue and the conditions and complexity of repairs involved, restoration could take longer for some affected customers. This is the best estimate available at this time and we will update as we get additional information. Our crews are working on outages across the city caused by the strongest wind and rain storm to hit the region many years. We appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to get power restored as quickly and safely as possible.
Neighborhoods experiencing the highest number of outages at this time include:
East Hollywood – 6,000 customers without power
Mid Wilshire – 3,600 customers without power
Sherman Oaks – 2,600 customers without power
Larchmont – 3,200 customers without power
Green Meadows – 4,400 customers without power
Reseda – 3,000 customers without power
Van Nuys – 3,800 customers without power
Palms – 3,400 customers without power
Del Rey – 3,400 customers without power
Korea Town – 3,500 customers without power
The most frequent causes of power outages during heavy rain storms are downed trees, dried palm fronds, tree branches from trees on both private and public property falling and making contact with power lines. This can result in extended outages as trees often need to be removed before our crews can begin restoration work.
LADWP added extra crews in advance of the latest storm systems and they are currently working in affected neighborhoods under tough weather conditions.
LADWP urges all customers to use caution around downed or dangling power lines or poles. If you see a downed wire, always assume it is LIVE and immediately dial 9-1-1. Never touch a downed power line or anything that’s touching a downed power line — including water.
For more information about today’s outages, please check LADWP’s Twitter page @LADWP and www.ladwp.com/PowerOutages. More updates to follow.