Windstorms: Edison says power should be restored Thursday
The remaining 1,003 Southern California Edison customers in the greater San Gabriel Valley who lost power after last week’s hurricane-force Santa Ana windstorm were expected to get their lights back on by Thursday afternoon, officials from the utility said.
According to Edison, crews were continuing “to go block by block” and talk to customers to confirm whether their power had been restored.
Earlier on Wednesday, lines that run between power poles were back in service, but utility officials were checking with customers to ensure that the lines that run from poles to homes or businesses were also back on line, Edison officials said. They advised customers without power to call Edison customer service at (800) 611-1911 and promised to dispatch crews.
The freakishly powerful winds that swept through Southern California last week toppled trees into homes and streets and downed power lines.
States of emergency were declared in some of the hardest-hit San Gabriel Valley communities, including Alhambra, South Pasadena, Pasadena, San Marino, San Gabriel, Temple City, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Glendora and Arcadia.
Edison, which has almost 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within coastal, Central and Southern California, set up distribution centers last weekend to pass out water, ice and flashlights to those most affected by the windstorm.
-- Ann M. Simmons
Photo: Wreckage from the windstorm hangs above a street in Temple City. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times