About 2,200 homes and businesses in Echo Park and Elysian Heights lost power tonight, according to the DWP. Residents are reporting a blackout across portions of Echo Park and Elysian Heights east of the 2 Freeway and south of Riverside Drive. MaryAnne Pierson, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, said the outage was reported at about 5:30 p.m. The cause of the outage has not been determined, Pierson said.
A fallen tree and downed power lines near Cerro Gordo and Lemoyne streets was reported by some Eastsider readers in the comments section of this post.
Traffic was jammed on Glendale Boulevard near the area of the blackout, residents said.
“Big blackout in Echo Park,” said Echo Park neighborhood council president Jose Sigala on his Twitter feed. “Lights out near the Glendale freeway. Big traffic jam.”
Update @9:28 p.m.: Power was fully restored shortly after 8 p.m., according to a DWP spokeswoman.
* Update @ 7 p.m.: A large tree branch knocked down power lines near Cerro Gordo and Lemoyne streets, according to Capt. Rich Diaz with the Los Angeles Fire Department. No injuries were reported, he said. Some of the lines had fallen on at least two cars parked (pictured above) on Cerro Gordo, which was blocked to traffic. A DWP crew member on the scene said some electrical service had been restored. Street lights on Echo Park Avenue north of Avalon Street were out at about 7 p.m.