FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 073115
Power Restored to Most of Long Beach
Outage Remains for 260 SCE Customers
As of 5:00 p.m., approximately 260 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.
Immediately following the outage, the City of Long Beach activated the EOC to a Level III. The City mobilized Fire, Police, and Public Works crews to maintain public safety and to provide temporary power to street lights. The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Marine, the Long Beach Health Department, and the American Red Cross activated an overnight shelter at Cesar Chavez Park. In addition to housing 4 individuals overnight, the shelter served as a distribution center for dinner, breakfast, water, ice, and flashlights.
During the day on Friday July 31, SCE crews, accompanied by Long Beach Police Officers, inspected 300 underground vaults throughout downtown Long Beach. 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. Inspections concluded today at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Tonight, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., SCE will attempt to bring these 260 customers back onto the grid. If SCE is unsuccessful in restoring power to these customers, the utility company will place as many customers as possible on generator power.
Residents who remain in need can continue to obtain water, ice, snacks, and flashlights at Cesar Chavez Park through midnight tonight. The park is located at 4th Street and Golden Avenue. The supplies are being distributed near the Jenny Orepeza Community Center. SCE will also be distributing water, ice, and flashlights near Locust Avenue and Nardo Way, which lies within the affected area
Watch the @LongBeachCity Twitter feed for more updates on the #lbPWRout2. Also see www.longbeach.gov for more information.
Tips for Staying Safe
• All residents and visitors should be mindful of their activities and take care of your neighbors, seniors, vulnerable individuals, and children.
• Use flashlights at all times to maintain personal safety and prevent unnecessary accidents. Candles are a fire hazard.
• Stay out of elevators as they may stall and potentially trap residents.
• Food that needs to be refrigerated, but has been without refrigeration for more than 4 hours should be thrown out.
• A full freezer without power can keep food safe for up to 48 hrs.; a half full freezer will hold food safely for 24 hrs.
• Parking enforcement will be suspended from Long Beach Boulevard to Pacific Avenue and from 8th Street to Anaheim. The suspension will last until Saturday, August 1st at 10 a.m. The need for the suspension will be reassessed at that time. For public safety reasons, citizens should avoid parking in red, blue and white curb restrictions. All other parking laws, such as blocking fire hydrants or driveways, remain in effect.
• Trash and recycling collection will occur as scheduled. Leave spoiled food in its packaging and place into trash containers being set out. Tie bags closed securely and place inside container.
Consejos para mantener su seguridad y salud
• Todos los residentes y los visitantes deben ser conscientes de sus actividades y cuidar de sus vecinos, ancianos y niños.
• Use linternas durante la noche para mantener su seguridad personal y evitar accidentes.
• No use velas porque son un peligro de incendio; no las use para iluminar su casa.
• Por favor no use elevadores por que se pueden apagar y dejar residentes atrapados.
Seguridad de Comida
• Comida que necesita refrigeracion, pero ha estado sin refrigeracion por mas de 4 horas se deberia de tirar.
• Un congelador lleno puede mantener comida fría solo por 48 horas; un congelador lleno a la mitad mantiene la comida segura durante 24 horas.
• Las leyes de estacionamiento serán suspendidas Long Beach Boulevard a Avenida Pacific, Called 8th a Anaheim. Las leyes seran suspendida hasta 10:00 de la manana de Sabado 1 de Agosto. Por razones de seguridad pública, los ciudadanos deben evitar las restricciones de estacionamiento en las aceras rojas, azules y blancas. Todas las demás leyes de estacionamiento, como bloque de bocas de incendio o calzadas, siguen en vigor.
• Recolección de basura y reciclaje se producirá en la fecha prevista. Deje alimentos en mal estado en su embalaje y colóquelo en un contenedor de basura. Corbata sus bolsas bien cerradas y el lugar en el interior del recipiente.
• Siga a la ciudad de @LongBeachCity en Twitter; Long Beach City en Facebook; y utilicé el #lbpwrout2 para ver la informacion mas reciente. También visite www.longbeach.gov para más información.
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