Power outage leaves portions of Silver Lake in the dark

As many as 8,000 DWP customers across Silver Lake and East Hollywood were left without power last night. The localized outages were first reported around 6 p.m., with the agency predicting that it would take at least 10 hours to restore service to all the customers. By 10 p.m. the outage had been reduced to about 4,000 DWP customers. “Crews will work through the night to restore power,” according to the DWP Twitter feed.  The agency did not say what triggered the outage but NBCLA said it might have been related to an explosion in an electrical vault.


  1. It was a mess out there last night. Signals at major intersections were out for hours — no cops, no temporary stop signs, nothing. Amazing there weren’t any accidents.

  2. Power went out a little after 5pm, went on around midnight…

  3. sun’s been releasing solar flares…just sayin

  4. Silv Lake Resident

    Driving in the area last night was terrifying. It seemed that the entire population of Los Angeles was unaware of the ‘treat a broken traffic light as a stop sign’ thing.

  5. I remember this happened a couple times when I was in the Bay Area – when you get a tiny bit of rain after a long dry period, the dust that has built up dissolves but doesn’t wash away, and makes the small amount of water a great conductor, so that it shorts a circuit. If it’s rained recently then the dust is normally gone, and if it rains a lot then the dust normally washes away – either way, relatively pure rainwater is a much less good conductor.

    I don’t know if this was that, but the conditions seemed right.

  6. I was surprised there weren’t any traffic cops out. For people who don’t know the area, it can be hard to tell — in the dark — that there’s a signal out.

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