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Several thousand people without power in mountain communities

March 21, 2011 | 10:15 pm

Several thousand customers were without electricity Monday night in Southern California mountain areas hard hit by snowfalls and heavy winds from a powerful storm that battered the region.

In Frazier Park off Interstate 5 in the Grapevine area, about 2,500 people were without power, said Lois Pitter Bruce, spokeswoman for Southern California Edison.

About 1,000 people were without power in Lake Arrowhead, she said, and 200 others had no electricity in Crestline. In Lucerne Valley, about 1,000 people were without power.

Anywhere from 2 to 3 feet of snow had fallen in Southern California mountains.

Pitter Bruce said the snow, icy roads and strong winds have made it difficult for repair crews to reach mountain communities.

"We've had crews out all day," she told The Times. "The conditions have been difficult for everybody."


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