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Thousands Still in the Dark

Crews bracing for more winds



    Thousands Still in the Dark
    In this file photo, a group of diners gather for a candlelit meal during a power outage.

    Thousands of residents were still without power following last week's wind storm that ripped through the area damaging homes and sending trees crashing down across the Southland, according to estimates from Southern California Edison.

    In San Gabriel, of the 3,100 homes initially without power, there were 971 remaining customers still in the dark by late Monday morning, said SCE spokesman David Song in an email. The outage is bordered by Duarte Road, Garibaldi Avenue, and Rosemead and San Gabriel boulevards.

    For other areas, SCE released these numbers shortly before noon Monday:

    • Arcadia: 3,579 still without power (initial outage 20,490)
    • Alhambra: 1,155 still without power (initial outage 5,925)
    • Altadena: 649 still without power (initial outage 3,118)
    • Duarte: 52 still without power (initial outage 1,069)
    • La Canada-Flintridge: 345 still without power (initial outage 1,796)
    • Monrovia: 1,406 still without power (initial outage 4,608)
    • San Marino: 329 still without power (initial outage 1,976)
    • South Pasadena: 127 still without power (initial outage 7,801)
    • Temple City: 872 still without power (initial outage 2,452)

    Thousands Still in the Dark

    [LA] Thousands Still in the Dark
    Crews brace against the cold Monday night to try to restore electricity wiped out by last Wednesday's destructive wind storm.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 5, 2011)

    Current outage estimates for Rosemead, La Crescenta, Montebello, El Monte and Covina were unavailable, according to SCE.

    "We've been working 24/7 to restore power from last week's major winds,'' said SCE spokeswoman Lois Pitter Bruce. "If all goes well, we should have 99.9 percent of customers restored by about 8 p.m. tonight.''

    Schools were open on Monday, but thousands of San Gabriel Valley residents were still relying on candles and flashlights as work crews struggled to restore power.

    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced Sunday that all its customers had had power restored.

    There was little wind early Monday to impede cleanup efforts, but the National Weather Service is predicting second wave, which would hit the region later Monday and Tuesday. Gusts of up to 70 mph were expected.

    Cleanup-crews are hoping the wind will not impede their efforts. At the San Gabriel Mission, workers prepared to repair a giant cross that was damaged, along with a statue of Jesus.

    The ongoing power blackouts were the result of last week's unusual Santa Ana winds, which gusted up to 97 mph on Wednesday and Thursday, knocking down trees and power lines in much of the region. The San Gabriel Valley and the Northeastern parts of Los Angeles were particularly hard-hit.

    To get by, many families bunked in with friends and relatives whose homes were not affected by the storm.

    One man wrote on the NBC LA Facebook page that his family had replaced an electric stove for one that uses gas, just to be able to cook. Others said they had been relying on take-out food, Laundromats and candles.

    In Pasadena, more than 42 buildings were red-tagged because of damage from the winds, meaning that they were declared not safe for people to live in.

    The winds toppled trees, ripped the roof off a restaurant in Glendale and prompted Pasadena city officials to declare a local emergency. About 100 trees fell Wednesday night in Pasadena, including one that crushed a gas station canopy on Colorado Boulevard.

    "I have been with the city for over 32 years here, and I have never seen it to this degree -- the widespread damage throughout the city," said Pasadena Fire Chief Calvin Wells. "It was getting out of hand at times, hard to keep up with."

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