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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Power Outage Leaves Much of Malibu in the Dark Overnight

• Impacted Area Extended West from Latigo

BY BILL KOENEKER 

A series of power outages in various neighborhoods of Malibu over the weekend and on Monday left thousands of customers without power on the coldest night of the year, so far.
The largest outage occurred on Saturday at about 7 p.m. when approximately 4000 homes in western Malibu, from Latigo Canyon to County Line were plunged into the dark, according to a Southern California Edison official.
High winds that caused trees to topple onto lines in several locations were described as the culprits that caused considerable damage to not only lines, but also to critical equipment, according to Southern California Edison Regional Manager Mark Olson.
“The power was restored in stages, with the last customers back up at 4 p.m. Sunday,” Olsen added. Trees caused a lot of damage not just to the lines, but also transformers.”
Olson indicated they were not branches that downed power lines, but large trees that fell onto the lines.
Then again on Sunday at sometime after noon, the same circuit experienced a brief outage less than a minute, according to Olson, who said there was no cause found. “We could not find any problem,”  he said.
However, there were more problems for Malibu Road residents when they lost power on Monday morning.
There were 491 customers who were without power from about 8:45 a.m. until approximately 10:15 a.m. according to Olson, who said there was a piece of equipment on one of the poles that needed replacement.
The Saturday power outage also impacted cell phone users throughout the area, who found that they had reduced or non-existent signal strength, depending on their location and carrier. Issues were still being sorted out midweek.

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