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Power Outage Strikes Canyon Country

Posted: February 17, 2008 1:17 a.m.
Updated: April 19, 2008 5:02 a.m.

A power outage knocked out electricity across Canyon Country on Saturday, causing traffic delays at intersections, including Valley Center Drive and Soledad Canyon Road.

A power outage in Canyon Country plunged residents into the dark Saturday evening, causing at least one crash on Soledad Canyon Road and postponing a fundraiser for a victim of the Santa Clarita Valley's October firestorms.

Electricity winked out at 5:49 p.m., leaving 2,080 residential and commercial customers without power, said Jane Brown, public affairs manager for Southern California Edison.

The affected area stretched from just east of Bouquet Canyon Road along Soledad Canyon Road to Oak Avenue, Brown said.

Several vehicles collided in a front-to-rear chain reaction on Soledad Canyon at Valley Center Drive. However, by the cars were already gone when deputies responded to reports of the crash, said Sgt. Patrick Hayes at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

The power outage was caused by an underground component failure, Brown said. Power was gradually restored to the area, and by 7:30 p.m. Saturday all but 446 customers had electricity again. Power was expected to be fully restored by this morning.

The outage led to the postponement of the "Bowl-a-Thon" fundraiser for Jim Tindell, according to Michael Holt, president of Heads-Up Therapy on Horseback and vice president of the SCV Newhall Optimist Club.

Tindell was a caretaker at Heads-Up who was severely burned on his hands, face and back when the Buckweed Fire swept through Bouquet Canyon in October last year.

Tindell nearly lost his life saving several of the horses at Heads-Up, which was completely destroyed by the fast-moving, wind-driven blaze.

The fundraiser was scheduled for Saturday evening at Santa Clarita Lanes, located just off Soledad Canyon Road in the area plunged into blackness.

"It's beyond our control," Holt said of being forced to cancel the event.

As volunteers packed up the fundraising materials in the dark parking lot, Holt said there had been a good turnout.

Organizers hope to reschedule the "Bowl-a-Thon" within the next couple of months.


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