Some East L.A. electrical customers were without power for nearly a day after some high-voltage cables fell on to the street. Residents near Sixth Street and Hoefner Avenue heard a large boom at about 3 p.m. on New Year’s Day, reports East L.A. resident C.J. Salgado. County sheriff and fire department units closed off nearby streets as crews from Southern California Edison arrived on the scene. “New copper cables were installed in the repair stretching about two blocks, crews working round-the-clock,” said Salgado.
It’s not clear how many customers lost power. A utility employee told Salgado that as many as 5,000 customers might have been without power at one point, and some traffic signal lights on nearby Atlantic and Whittier boulevard also appeared to have been affected by the outage. But an Edison spokesman tonight said he did not have any figures about how many customers lost service. Power to one damaged circuit had been restored by 3 p.m. today, he said.