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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?

Kristen Lepore (Editor) December 02, 2011 at 10:58 PM
An update on South Pasadena Rose Parade Float via Chris Colburn: "The float itself was unscathed, but our tent lost a large panel and our smaller outlying tents were destroyed. We are without power and renting a generator for tomorrow's work day. Overall, nothing to hinder our forward progress and the float will be completed on-time."
Jen Hutton Heger December 02, 2011 at 11:40 PM
This is ridiculous as there are NO SCE crews/trucks in SouthPas today & they were all over yesterday. I drove all over town today & NO trucks anywhere. It's insulting that we aren't even being given an ETA, clearly SCE has no clue what they are doing.
april December 03, 2011 at 03:26 AM
i saw ONE - just one - SCE truck today and despite my annoyance my power's STILL out (yet just a block away in any direction it's on, grrr) i kind of wanted to get out and hug the poor guy. it could always be worse...
Mindy B December 03, 2011 at 04:05 AM
I can't believe the SPPD are not directing traffic on Fair Oaks and the 110. Traffic is backed up all the way through the City because of it. They put stop signs out and the signal is now blinking red but not a cop to direct traffic in sight. I'm beginning to the think contracting with the Sheriff's Dept for police services is not such a bad idea!
Sam Burgess December 03, 2011 at 04:29 AM
Well, Jen, Your reaction to the inevitable earthquake should be quite interesting. If your were prepared for the earthquake you would also have been prepared for this wind storm. Are you not prepaed? Or do you also plan on placing blame on others while accepting no personal responsibility for your own welfare?. Having witnessed emergencies situations across the country, I can assure you SCE knows what they are doing and have prepared for this type of situation. Unfortunately, no one can predict exactly where an emergency will occur or its extent. And this emergency is not limited to your block or to the City of South Pasadena. While I do not know what outside help is being given to SCE, I have no doubt various agencies from outside the area and probably outside the state have arrived or are enroute to support their work. So, Jen, I would suggest during future emergencies you accept responsibility for your own welfare for a time longer than a few hours or even a few days. Because that time is coming ready or not. If, however, you still feel the need to rant and rave about someone having no clue I recommend you look in the mirror.
Lisa Z December 03, 2011 at 06:57 AM
I am very grateful that our power came back on Meridian Ave comparatively quickly after the windstorm and THANKFULl to the workers out there doing their best to restore it for everyone. Hoping you all get yours back on soon too.
april December 03, 2011 at 10:47 AM
phew, thanks SCE - as of an hour or so ago we're back up and running, yay!
Ron Rosen December 03, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Hi Jen: Saw of trucks on Meridian near Monterey for much of the time, where a tree had interfered with some power lines. There were ETAs on the SCE website. Last night about 10:30 PM, they had blocked Meridian at Monterey and there were quite a few trucks there working. Looks like they got the job done for those of us near Meridian!
Sgt. Tony Abdalla December 03, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Part One: Mindy B, during events such as these, it is common for issues requiring a police response to exceed available resources. As a result, it is necessary for the Police Department and me as a watch commander to prioritize our resources. For obvious reasons, those issues with potential for personal harm receive the highest priority. As I'm sure your know from reading Patch, yesterday was an extremely busy day for the Police Department. All MTA Gold Line gate arms were stuck in the down position (at one point or another) at all grade crossings in the City due to a power failure. Motorists (especially those traveling on Fremont Av. at Grevelia St.) chose to drive around the arms into opposing traffic lanes all while trains continued to run. Three officers were assigned just to that intersection for an extended period of time to facilitate the safe flow of traffic and to keep the trains from colliding into the cars. The crossings required an SPPD response because the Sheriff's Department lacked available resources to man the crossings themselves. Also, live electrical wires remained down in the City and required police personnel to be posted to prevent potential harm coming to those who chose to ignore barricades, cones and police caution tape in order to get a better look. Those are but a few of the issues that we dealt with yesterday, but evaporated the lion's share of our resources. I share your frustration and wish we could have done more.
Sgt. Tony Abdalla December 03, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Part Two: On the bright side, conditions are improving. The latest information we have received from SCE indicate that 99% of their customers will have power restored by Sunday at 8pm. When that power is restored, it will subsequently relieve many of the issues that the police department are dealing with. Here's hoping...
Jen Hutton Heger December 03, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Sam- The last thing I would ever rely on is emergency services during a natural disaster. I'm extremely prepared. I was very fustrated that there were no crews in our area at all yesterday, from reading others here, sounds like SCE came back into our area late yesterday.
Jen Hutton Heger December 03, 2011 at 05:02 PM
btw, neglected to leave out my concern about down power lines on Columbia. I hope that situation has been taken care of.
Jim Maines December 03, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Some on Huntington Dr got power at about 4.30am. We are still out at 200 block on Monterey.
Jen Hutton Heger December 03, 2011 at 06:08 PM
not on for us on 2000 block of Monterey.
Marvion December 03, 2011 at 07:05 PM
Slappy wall smart sloppers
Gary December 03, 2011 at 07:44 PM
UCLA finals is next week. ETA for restored power is 8pm Sunday... TO STARBUCKS!...(already full of people by 8 am) ... :(
Celeste Rose Hammond December 03, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Jen, I agree with you. I live in Pasadena proper and our electricity (through the City of Pasadena, not Edison) was only out during the storm. At 8:30am the electricity came back on Thursday morning. I could even see them trying to restore it hours earlier down the block during the storm. I prayed for them being so brave.. South Pasadena Edison on the other hand, needs to get their act together. I don't know what this guys problem is standing up for a company that doesn't work properly. He has issues.
Jen Hutton Heger December 03, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Celeste- you are SO lucky to have Pasadena Water & Power! Loved them when I lived in Pasadena...esp during the rolling black outs that never materialized in Pasadena. Glad your power came back on!
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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