BLACKOUT! 9,500 DWP customers plagued by intermittent power outages in Los Angeles

Via Los Angeles Daily News

LOS ANGELES >> Electricity to about 9,500 LA Department of Water and Power customers in West Los Angeles continues to be plagued by intermittent outages as workers replace a major cable damaged by extreme heat and high demand, an LADWP official said.

There were 4,365 customers under the latest intermittent outage at 10 p.m. Saturday, said DWP spokeswoman Carol Tucker.

The original outage at 8:10 p.m. Friday left about 9,900 customers in West Los Angeles without electricity and power was restored to all but about 260 customers at 1:40 p.m. today by re-routing circuits at the affected substation, Tucker said.

Those feeder circuits were overloaded by the increased power demand and thousands lost power again, she said.

“The electrical equipment in the station was still overheating and additional repairs were needed,” Tucker said.

The result is that about 9,500 customers will be subject to intermittent outages while permanent repairs are made safely, she said. “We’ve got a lot of people working out there.”

Other outages Saturday were reported by Southern California Edison on its Web site, including 1,676 customers in Los Angeles County that were without power in areas including Inglewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Baldwin Park and Lawndale.

SCE also reported 80 customers in Orange County were without power.