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Edison Offers No Timeline to Restore Power

About 135,000 Southern California Edison customers are still without power Friday afternoon throughout the foothills and San Gabriel Valley.

Trees litter the streets and traffic lights are still out in South Pasadena Friday with Edison giving no estimated time for power restoration.

“We are asking people to please be patient,” Vanessa McGrady of Southern California Edison told Patch. “We don’t know what the restoration time is but people can make sure they have supplies and prepare for an extended outage.”

"Multiple circuits are damaged throughout the region," she said. “We don’t have any estimates yet so we’re trying to work on those.”

About 135,000 customers are still without power, mostly in the foothill and San Gabriel Valley communities. Power outages began with strong wind gusts Wednesday night that continued through Friday morning.

With no definite word on when power would be restored, families fled to local hotels Thursday night to gain refuge. 

Crews can restore one circuit in the area—which could explain why your neighbor across the street has power—but not everybody will have power restored, McGrady said. 

“Part of the issue is that so many trees are down that crews are having a time getting through and accessing equipment,” she said.  “Crews are going as fast as they can.”

“The big safety message to get across to people are never to touch a down power line, call 911 if you see that,” McGrady said. “Sometimes the winds can knock those loose. They can come down with poles. Even if you think it’s not energized don’t touch it.”

McGrady urges locals to follow Edison for updates on Twitter @socaledison.

Click on the attached map for a list of outages in South Pas. 

Do you have power in South Pasadena? If so, where and about what time did you get power?

Jen Hutton Heger December 03, 2011 at 11:55 PM
Coffee Bean? Didn't look as crowded. Good luck on finals.
Celeste Rose Hammond December 04, 2011 at 08:27 PM
Thanks Jen, According to the Edison Outage Map, my sons place on Palm Ave is restored . I hope so, But it looks as though your area won't have power till later today at 5pm. Good Luck! on that. 4 days is way to long for such a small town to be without power. they need to hire more people? There should be an inquiry about it. I use to live in SOuth Pas, on Diamond Ave. but I'm glad I domn't now. Anyway Good Luck to you. .
June hsieh December 04, 2011 at 09:18 PM
Still no power here. I live in Illinois drive, up the hill from Via Del Rey. Very frustrating that it's taking so long for SCE to restore power. As of yesterday, they said power will be restored Sunday but today's update is now Monday. Have not seen any SCE guys working in our neighborhood since Thursday.
Jen Hutton Heger December 04, 2011 at 09:23 PM
Ours is back on! I spoke with crew that came up from Santa Ana, the irony wasn't lost on me. Very grateful to them, but SCE needs to work on communications/dispatch issues. Cable/internet is down, which is fine with me as I'm just so happy to have power back on. I think as residents of SoPas we need to ask our city officials what the exact water pump issues were & what is going to be done going forward as we just had our water rates increased. I love SoPas!
Daniel E. Harlow December 05, 2011 at 12:50 AM
Sam - SCE clearly was not prepared for this situation as they lacked the manpower and proper equipment to get the job done. Just look at the reports online, SCE crews that could not repair lines because they had to wait for a different SCE crew to come clear the tree from the line first. Lines laying in the sidewalk still today not marked, restoration times moving every few hours, etc. Compare that to AT&T which brought in people all the way from Texas to repair and keep their network up and running almost the entire time, they had generators at every node the same day as the storm, etc. The difference in the response from them is amazing. Daniel

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