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2,000 San Gabriel Valley residents still without electricity

December 7, 2011 | 11:46 am

More than 2,000 San Gabriel Valley residents remained without power Wednesday, six days after a furious windstorm wrecked havoc on the region.

Southern California Edison reported that most of the 2,332 power outages were concentrated in some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods of Altadena, Arcadia and Temple City. At one point, there were 370,000 residents without power in the greater Los Angeles area, many of them Edison customers.

The customers, many facing their seventh day of darkness, have become impatient with what they have described as the utility's slow response.  A spokesman for the power company contends that employees have been working nonstop to repair power lines.

Jason Hubbard's home is one of five in his Altadena neighborhood still without power; other residents on his block had their electricity restored Saturday. 

Hubbard said he -- along with his girlfriend and seven pets -- have been making do with a 3,500-watt generator he bought Thursday, a day after a tree branch fell on the power line in his backyard.

In frustration, he said he emailed Southern California Edison and even threatened to take legal action if his power is not restored.

"I can't pick up and leave with my menagerie of animals," said Hubbard, a 38-year-old film tracking associate.  "We would like to.  But this was not Hurricane Katrina.  They need to step it up."

Officials at Southern California Edison said they understand their customers' frustration but noted that the windstorm produced damaging "hurricane-like" winds.  At its peak, gusts reached 97 mph, toppling trees and poles and downing power lines.

More than 1,200 trees were toppled in Pasadena, while 250 were downed in San Marino.  Officials estimated more than $10 million in damage in Temple City and $1 million in South Pasadena. 

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