Thursday, December 1, 2011

High Winds Update-Water Conservation Urged for Northeast LA

Hello, Friends:

Please stay diligent and use extreme caution when dealing with aftermath of high winds we are currently experiencing. Do not, under any circumstances, approach or handle downed power lines. Call 911 in case of emergency - call DWP at 1-800-DIAL DWP (1-800-342-5397) to report power outages or downed power lines.

Please read below for latest update from the Department of Water and Power, including a water conservation request for select NORTHEAST LOS ANGELES communities. Stay safe, Jose

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) reports approximately 129,000 of its 1.4 million electric customers are without power as high winds continue to cause outages in several neighborhoods. Approximately 123,400 of these customers are located in the Los Angeles Metro Area and the remaining 5,600 are in the San Fernando Valley. Current estimated time of restoration for customers experiencing outages is 10 - 12 hours.

LADWP currently has over 100 crews responding to over 1,000 separate incidents and are working to restore power as quickly and safely to our customers. We strongly encourage the public to stay away from any downed power line and downed trees and tree limbs. This is especially important with many children home from school today to keep them safe.

The following areas and neighborhoods have the most number of customers impacted:


Highland Park: 14,700

El Sereno: 9,900

Glassell Park: 8,400

Eagle Rock: 6,600

Lincoln Heights: 4,700

Cypress Park: 4,600

Griffith Park: 4,600

Boyle Heights: 2,000


Venice: 12,000

Del Rey: 7,700

Westchester: 7,200

Playa del Rey: 2,500

SOUTH:Green Meadows: 5,500

South Los Angeles: 4,800

Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw: 2,400


Hollywood: 8,700

Hollywood Hills: 5,500

Los Feliz: 5,100

Chinatown: 2,100


Van Nuys - 2,400

The public and members of the media are encouraged to check the Department's news site and Twitter page, @LADWP, for updates.

The next outage update will be posted at approximately Noon.

In the event of a power outage:

* Stay calm.

* Have a flashlight and extra batteries nearby. Don't use candles in a power

* Turn off lights but leave one light turned on so you will know when your service is restored.
*Turn off and unplug appliances and other electrical equipment. Unplug heat-producing items like irons and space heaters. This helps prevent circuit overloading, which could delay restoration of service.

*Call us and report your outage at 1-800-DIAL DWP (1-800-342-5397).

If you encounter a downed power line:

* Report any downed power lines immediately by calling the LADWP at 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397). If you or someone else is in danger, call 911.

* Do not touch a downed or dangling wire or anyone or anything in contact with it. Always
assume a downed line is still energized.

* If a power line falls on your car, stay in the car and wait for help. If you
must get out, make sure you do not touch the metal parts of the car and the
ground at the same time. The safest exit method is to open the door, stand
on the door sill and jump free without touching the car.

*Stay away from metal fences, such as chain link fence, as there may be a
power line down and touching the fence somewhere beyond your sight.

*If there is damage to the connection from the power pole to your house, you
should go to the electrical box and turn off the main switch or shut off the
fuse switch. Again, always assume electric lines are live.

*In case of an electrical emergency, stay calm and think before you act.
Don't become a victim while trying to help others. Call 911.

*If someone is shocked or not breathing, apply cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
(CPR.) Then cover the victim with a blanket, keep their head low and get
medical attention.

LADWP Urges Water Conservation in Area of Northeast Los Angeles
LADWP reports that a power outage in the northeast area of Los Angeles has affected water pumping infrastructure that supplies water to the following communities:

Mt. Washington
Mt. Hermon
Monterey Hills
Cypress Park
Glassell Park
Montecito Heights

Customers in these areas are strongly urged to conserve water as much as possible until further notice. Low water pressure may be experienced during this event. Residents are asked to use water only for drinking and sanitation purposes only. Water should not be used for washing dishes, laundry and outdoor irrigation.

The boundaries of the affected area are:

York Boulevard on the north
Eagle Rock Boulevard on the west
San Fernando Road and Mercury Avenue on the south
Collis Avenue on the east

This notice is a precautionary measure as LADWP Power System crews are currently on-scene and working to safely restore power service to the affected equipment.

We will provide additional updates as the situation develops and power is restored.