Another Power Outage Hits Downtown Long Beach

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Earlier today at 4:45 PM, an underground SCE vault fire occurred in downtown Long Beach, resulting in a power outage which initially impacted an area roughly bounded by Spring Avenue to Shoreline Drive and from Santa Fe Avenue to Alamitos Avenue. This initial outage impacted approximately 30,000 customers. As of 7:45 PM power was restored to most of the impacted area. As of now, there are approximately 1,000 customers without power in the affected area. Southern California Edison continues to work diligently on identifying the problem to restore services as soon as possible. There is no estimated time frame for restoration of services until Southern California Edison crews can conduct an adequate assessment.

Based on the power outage and the unknown duration of the event, additional fire department units have been requested to support the impacted areas. The Long Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Long Beach Search and Rescue program have also been activated to support community notification and outreach efforts. Anticipating that the power outage may extend through the evening, the City of Long Beach plans to open a shelter location. Specific information will be provided when it becomes available.

There have been no reports of injuries. Residents needing help are advised to call “911” for emergencies. For non-emergencies call 562-435-6711. The City of Long Beach is ready to assist and provide support as needed. We will continue to keep the public informed with updates as they become available. LBPD has deployed an enhanced patrol presence to the affected area. There are over 500 traffic intersections in the area, many of which are without power, and Public Works is deploying available power generators to most critical intersections to provide power for traffic signals. Traffic signals are working on Shoreline Drive to I-710 Freeway and along the Alamitos Avenue corridor. The City has activated the Emergency Operations Center, and multiple department representatives are actively engaged in monitoring and responding to issues as they arise.

We ask that all residents and visitors be mindful of their activities tonight, and be mindful of caring for your neighbors, seniors, and children. Please be careful while walking around in the dark. Please use flashlights at all times to maintain your personal safety and prevent unnecessary accidents. Please stay out of elevators as they may fail to operate thus potentially trapping occupants. Please use extreme caution while driving and be careful of unlit intersections and streets. Remember that intersections without power must be treated as a four way stop.

Please continue to pay attention to social media updates using #lbPWRout2:
@LongBeachCity
@LBFD
@LongBeachPD_CA
@SCE
@LongBeachPW

Also, visit www.longbeach.gov and Long Beach City on Facebook.

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2 Responses to “Another Power Outage Hits Downtown Long Beach”
  1. Marco Gonzalez says:

    The City of Long Beach did not provide information to the general public in regard to either outage on 7/15 and 7/30. I sat at LB City Hall on 07/17 from 7:00am until opening of doors at 7:30am. I was referred to WEB SITES, given telephone #’s and referred to the Police Headquarters which had been CLOSED since the initial outage on 7/15
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    On 7/30 at 5:45 pm I was once again at LB City Hall where I was referred to LB Fire Headquarters which had only one (1) person available and he had no information.

    Press Releases are only good for people in the UNAFFECTED areas. Citizens of LB AFFECTED by the outage did not and have not received information on the POWER OUTAGE. I, am currently struggling to get a CLAIM # from the first OUTAGE for my LOSSES from SCE.
    UTILITIES are PAID to the CITY OF LONG BEACH not to SCE.

    The CITY of LB MUST communicate in a timely manner with its citizens during a crisis.

    GOOD LUCK TO CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF LONG BEACH DURING AND AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER.

    Citizens of the City of Long Beach – REMEMBER THESE INCIDENTS WHEN IT COMES TO ELECTION TIME.

  2. INFO from LBC says:

    GEE MARCO

    sorry you’re so upset. City had teams going door to door, points of distribution for ICE, water, flashlights, food, claim information were set up, a shelter set up within hours, consistent information was provided hourly from SCE and LBC.

    Aside from smoke signals, what did you need? What part of DTLB do you reside.

    I’ve never been so proud of follow up in my life as the way the LBC and ALL agencies worked together.

    PS – the LBC website and #preparednessAgencies recommend 3 days self reliance….sounds like you need to revisit your #preparednessLevel

    best
    INFO