Shortly after we posted our story about several power restorations this morning, we heard from residents who were still without power. We have seen crews working in the neighborhood but we keep hearing about continuing outages.
For example, crews have been working on the 500 and 600 blocks of Lillian Way since mid-morning but residents have not been told when power would be restored. One resident was told power might be on by midnight, another was told it might take until early Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, crews are working to install a new utility pole on Beverly Blvd. at Larchmont Blvd., to replace the one that was damaged in a car accident on Friday evening. Workers told a resident that the damaged pole was not likely the cause of the power outage, which make sense since residents told the Buzz the power outage occurred around 8 p.m. Friday and the pole was struck around 9:45 p.m. Exactly what caused the local power outages is not known, nor is the exact number of homes affected by the outage, even though city officials were telling residents the outage was caused by a power pole that was sheared off at the base.
On Sunday evening, CD C13 Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martinez sent the following message to constituents:
“We have identified that the reason for the prolonged blackout in the area is that a power pole was sheared off at its base. DWP has begun installing an entirely new pole, and because of this they unfortunately say there is no Estimated Time of Restoration. We will continue to provide updates as soon as we receive them.”CD13 Hugo Soto-Martinez posted on Instagram Sunday evening.
The Windsor Square Association asked residents to help “correct the lack of clear communications and knowledge, which have impeded restoration of power services.” Residents were asked to “please AGAIN report your continuing power outage to DWP, who throughout the weekend was unaware of the extent of the loss of service to Windsor Square. Your reporting will ensure that they understand the extent of our outage. Notify LADWP of power outages by calling their Customer Contact Center (open 24 hours): 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397). Outages can also be reported online.”
The grid that serves our local neighborhoods is convoluted and complicated, as you can see from this circuit boundary map the Hancock Park Homeowners Association sent out earlier today.
As we post this story, late Monday afternoon, we are still aware of power outages in parts of Hancock Park and there may be others as well. We hope you have power, but if not, we’d love to hear from you so we can improve the accuracy of our reporting. You can reach us at [email protected]
Finally, take when driving this evening, several large trees that fell in the last few days still remain in the roadway, so please be extra careful.
About Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.
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