About 1,400 homes and businesses in Echo Park and other nearby neighborhoods were left without power this afternoon, according to the Department of Water and POwer. Traffic officers were spotted at some intersections, including at Sunset Boulevard and Lemoyne Street (pictured above), after signal lights went out. “Our crews will restore power as quickly as possible,” said the agency on its Twitter feed at about 12 p..m.
The power went out for about two hours at Masa of Echo Park, leaving the restaurant unable to serve lunch customers. “We had emergency lights in the kitchen but we could not make anything,” said owner Rhonda Reynolds.
* Update: Power was restored to all customers after 10 p.m., said DWP.
* Update @ 3 p.m.: The number of DWP customers without service had dropped to 370 as crews worked to repair an underground cable, said DWP spokeswoman.