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Expects Most Customers in San Bernardino Mountains
Will Have Electrical Service Within 24 Hours
INLAND EMPIRE, Calif., Nov. 4, 2003—Southern California Edison
officials said Tuesday that most of its customers in the San
Bernardino Mountains now without power can expect to have their
electrical service restored by late Wednesday.
permitting, we expect to restore service in the next 24 hours to
85-90% of our customers now without power in the San Bernardino
Mountains,” said Dick Rosenblum, SCE senior vice president for
transmission and distribution.
the same time, officials warned it could be weeks before repairs to
SCE’s electrical infrastructure are completed in the mountain areas
ravaged by wildfires.
As of Tuesday
afternoon, approximately 10,000 customers remained without power in
the mountains, most of them in the communities of Twin Peaks,
Running Springs, Sky Forest, and Lake Arrowhead. Rosenblum said
that most customers
in those communities with an inhabitable home would have power
restored by late Wednesday.
24,000 customers in Crestline, Running Springs, and Lake Arrowhead
lost power Saturday, Oct. 26, when wildfires knocked out two
transmission lines supplying the mountain.
Subsequently, the wildfires damaged much of the electrical
infrastructure in the area.
All told, approximately 300,000 customers
experienced some kind of interruption, from flickering lights to
outages lasting days, due to the wildfires.
Saturday, when authorities gave us permission to go into the areas
hardest hit by the wildfires, our crews have worked around the clock
to rebuild most of the electrical infrastructure,” Rosenblum said.
“This work was done in areas with limited access and rough terrain
while our crews coped with icy roads, cold, damp conditions, and
tons of debris obstructing some of their work.”
the wildfires damaged or downed an estimated 1,500 power poles and
more than 700 transformers. In addition, SCE recorded more than 340
locations with wires down.
noted that questioning SCE crew members while they make repairs will
only delay the process of restoring electrical service. SCE has
more than 500 field and support personnel working to restore power
in SCE’s eastern region, most of them in the San Bernardino
Mountains. Customers seeking information or an update on
power restoration efforts should call 1-800-611-1911.
To better cope with any scheduled or unscheduled power
outage, SCE advises mountain customers to:
the medical needs of family and neighbors.
flashlights. Don’t use candles, which can start fires.
battery-powered radio with fresh batteries to stay informed.
at least three-quarters of a tank of gasoline in your vehicle(s).
Gas station pumps do not operate during power outages.
alternate, back-up arrangements in place to keep perishable food
chilled and fresh in the event of prolonged outages. Keep
refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible during an
outage. A well-filled, unopened freezer will keep food frozen for
hours without electricity.
connect a portable generator directly to a power line. State law
requires that customers inform SCE when a generator is being used at
a home or business. Call SCE at 1-800-655-4555.
touch a power line suspended in the air or lying on the ground.
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An Edison International company, Southern
California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities,
serving a population of more than 12 million via 4.5 million
customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within
central, coastal and Southern California.