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UPDATE: Power restored to residents in Newhall, Valencia

Posted: August 11, 2014 12:06 a.m.
Updated: August 11, 2014 5:48 p.m.

A Southern California Edison representative inspects a damaged equipment cable believed to be the cause Sunday's late night power outage. Photo: Austin Dave/The Signal

A failed underground cable is being blamed for a power outage that left more than 2,800 Santa Clarita Valley residents without electricity for more than three hours early Monday.

At least 190 of those residents along Orchard Village Road, between McBean Parkway and Wiley Canyon Road, remained without power for more than 16 hours, said Anna Frutos-Sanchez, spokeswoman for Southern California Edison.

“We suspect the cause is a failed underground cable,” Frutos-Sanchez said. “That’s why we are currently investing a lot in infrastructure.”

The failed cable sparked a power outage at 11:39 p.m. Sunday that left 2,870 Edison customers in Valencia and Newhall without electricity. Sheriff’s deputies shut down eastbound traffic on Wiley Canyon Road from Orchard Village Road shortly afterward.

Utility crews working to restore power were testing power lines around Placerita Junior High School about 2 a.m., and by 3 a.m. they had restored power to all but 190 Edison customers, Frutos-Sanchez said. Those customers got their power back on at 4:34 p.m.

“We had 13 transformers affected by the outage,” she said.

One resident who lives at a senior assisted living apartment on Orchard Village Road said he heard a popping noise before the power went out. “I walked outside and saw the lights were out,” he said.



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