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