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UPDATE: Edison customers back on grid after outages

6 a.m. is likely restoration time, spokeswoman said

Posted: August 16, 2012 10:08 a.m.
Updated: August 16, 2012 10:36 p.m.

An Edison employee works to restore power in Castaic at the corner of Hasley Canyon Road and The Old Road on Thursday.

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Two unplanned power outages left some residents on opposite ends of the Santa Clarita Valley in the dark for hours Thursday.

A third, planned power outage scheduled Thursday morning in Saugus to repair equipment was over in about an hour and a half, a Southern California Edison spokeswoman said.

The first unplanned outage left 1,622 Canyon Country residents in the Pinetree area without power shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday. The cause of the outage was equipment failure, said Edison spokeswoman Anna Frutos-Sanchez.

Power was restored to most customers by 3:40 p.m., but 12 customers were without power until 8:08 p.m. when the underground cable was fixed, said Edison spokeswoman Patricia Bartoli-Widle.

In Castaic, about 1,000 customers were left without power around 12:45 p.m., as temperatures climbed over 100 degrees in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Power was restored to the majority by 4:15 p.m., Frutos-Sanchez said.

The remaining 276 customers received power at 7:23 p.m. as workers put in a temporary fix for a bad underground wire, said Bartoli-Widle.

The wire will be replaced today, with a short outage to connect the new wire to the grid, Bartoli-Widle said.

Signal Staff Writer Joel Rosario contributed to this report.

kjonas@the-signal.com

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