Southern California Edison (@SCE)
Sept. 15, 2012: Southern California Edison has set up a free water and ice center in Palm View Park after a substation fire cut power to thousands of customers in West Covina. Temperatures in the area were expected to climb into the mid-90s.
Power was restored Sunday afternoon to some 1,300 customers in West Covina after a substation fire cut electricity during a weekend heatwave, according to Southern California Edison.
The power was back on by 2 p.m. Sunday, about two hours before officials had projected.
Earlier in the day, the utility company gave out free water and ice at a neighborhood park to help those affected by the outage combat soaring temperatures, according to a news release.
The water and ice distribution center at Palm View Park (map) opened at 11 a.m. and is set to operate until 4 p.m., or until supplies run out.
While the Southland was cooling off slightly on Sunday, high temperatures were still expected. As of 11:30 a.m., the mercury had climbed to 87 degrees in West Covina. The forecasted high for the area is 93 degrees.
Initially, the power outage affected 2,013 customers after a fire was sparked shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday inside a substation at Puente and Vincent avenues, SCE reported.
As of 11 a.m. Sunday, about 1,300 customers were without power. That figure had remained unchanged since 8 a.m.
"SCE is reminding customers in the area their electric service could be restored and interrupted throughout the morning and afternoon hours as repair work is completed by SCE personnel," according to the release.