SCE seeks to strengthen system after outages
BARSTOW • After several power outages hit the greater Barstow area in the past month, SCE officials say they are continuing to improve reliability and looking to strengthen their system.
Nancy Jackson, a Southern California Edison spokeswoman, said the recent rash of outages in the area have all been weather related.
Approximately 398 customers in the borders of Ghost Town Road to the north, Agate Road to the south, Conejo View Road to the west and Calico Road to the east, were affected by a power outage on Tuesday in Yermo. Jackson said a few customers in Daggett were also affected.
Jackson said the power went out around 6:40 p.m. after lightning damaged a transformer. The power remained out until 5:10 a.m. the following day, Jackson said.
For Irwin has recently suffered three weather-related power outages and Barstow also had approximately 500 customers without power back in August.
Jackson said the power lines in the area are exposed to harsh weather conditions.
“Lightning can cause outages; a lot of rain can cause the lines to arc and some areas have had their poles actually come down,” Jackson said. “But we’re always looking to improve our reliability and always looking at ways to strengthen our system.
“If we know a storm is coming in that region, we always have additional crews on call for a quick response if something happens. We have resources in various areas around our service territory. If an area is hit hard by a storm, we are able to move resources around to support the storm effort,” she said.
Jackson urges customers to not touch downed power lines and to call 911. To report an outage in your area call 800-611-1911. Jackson said customers who call the number will receive a follow-up call once power has been restored.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.