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Power Restored To Thousands In West LA

LOS ANGELES ( — Electricity was fully restored to the West Los Angeles area on Sunday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said. At one point this weekend about 9,500 customers in the area were left without power in the heat.

Complete restoration was accomplished at about 12:30 a.m. today, an LADWP spokeswoman said.

The outages were due to a major cable that was damaged by extreme heat and high demand. The Sawtelle District was particularly hard hit.

The original outage was reported at 8:10 p.m. on Friday. It left about 9,900 customers in West Los Angeles without electricity and power. Service was restored to all but 260 customers at 1:40 p.m. on Saturday.

But the LADWP's circuits were overloaded by the increased power demand later on Saturday as temperatures rose, and thousands lost power again.

Other outages Saturday were reported by Southern California Edison on its Web site, including 1,676 customers in Los Angeles County that were without power in areas including Inglewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Baldwin Park and Lawndale. SCE also reported 80 customers in Orange County were without power.



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