Power restored to most of downtown Long Beach

Jul 18, 2015 2:27 PM by News Staff

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Power has been restored to most of downtown Long Beach and the power network appeared to be holding well three days after underground electrical fires prompted outages that affected thousands of customers.

Southern California Edison says Saturday it's still troubleshooting the system and monitoring voltage levels. It says about 200 customers in several isolated areas are still without power.

Fires in three electrical vaults short-circuited a power grid Wednesday afternoon and darkened numerous traffic lights in the city of 469,000. Power was restored to some by portable generators. But same areas remained dark through Saturday.

The utility says all customers may still experience intermittent outages.

City officials are providing shelter and handing out food, flashlights, ice and water to people affected by power outages.

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