Jon Baird

DWP Restores Power After Days of Outages Around LA

July 09, 2018 - 8:59 am

(KNX 1070) - Record-breaking heat led to tens of thousands of DWP customers losing power. 

Many are asking why. 

Marty Adams is the DWP's chief operating officer, he says the outages were largely the result of over-loaded power stations and aging equipment that couldn't keep up with demand.

Ratepayer advocate Jack Humphreville doesn't buy the excuses and says people looking for information get nothing. 

Utility crews were scrambling to restore power across Monday morning as a heat wave swept over Los Angeles over the weekend. More than 10,000 homes and businesses remain without power as of Monday morning in the city of Los Angeles after a series of heat-related outages. The Department of Water and Power is hoping to make progress re-connecting people Monday as many people go to work during the day.

DWP tells KNX that one of the biggest outages is in Koreatown but a spokesperson had no figures on how many people it involves or where exactly it is. That spokesperson also would not give any other areas covered by outages, or when the power may go back on.

KNX 1070's Jon Baird is live in Koreatown and spoke to DWP: