FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 080115
Power Outage Remains for Approximately 70 SCE Customers in Downtown Long Beach
As of 4:30 a.m., approximately 70 SCE customers remain without power. Affected customers are limited to an area bounded by Lily to the north, Pacific to the west, Tribune to the east, and Nardo Way to the south. This is down from a height of 30,000 customers who were without power during the outage, which began on Thursday July 30, 2015 at around 4:00 p.m. Late on Friday July 31 SCE began assessing the potential to use generator power to temporarily restore power to the affected area. This approach proved successful last night and resulted in power being restored to approximately 190 of the 260 customers that were without service.
SCE will continue to connect customers with generators and expect to have all customers restored to service by Saturday afternoon. SCE is currently using 10 generators to serve businesses and residents. As the underground network system is restored, SCE will transition these customers off the generators. When this happens, they will experience a short power outage, which could last up to 45 minutes.
During the day on Friday July 31, SCE crews, accompanied by Long Beach Police Officers, inspected 300 underground vaults throughout downtown Long Beach. All but four were inspected. The remaining four vaults are inaccessible at this time, and will be inspected as soon as possible. The inspections were an effort to identify any challenges that could cause further loss of power. Officers directed traffic during the inspections and monitored vehicular and pedestrian safety. Based on information from the inspections, crews have already started making repairs and have been working through the night on the repairs to the system. There are more than 75 crews, which is over 150 technical staff, working on repairs.
SCE encourages customers in Long Beach to make every effort to conserve use of electricity as we continue to return the system to its full operational capacity.
Residents who remain in need can continue to obtain water, ice, snacks, and flashlights at Cesar Chavez Park starting at 8am on Saturday. Cesar Chavez Park is located at 4th Street and Golden Avenue. The supplies are being distributed near the Jenny Orepeza Community Center.
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