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Power Back on for Most After Outage

A traffic accident caused a power outage for about 2,600 residents in North Redondo Beach Sunday morning, according to Southern California Edison's online power outage map.

Editor's note: This article was updated at 10:15 p.m. Sunday.

Around 2,600 north Redondo Beach residents were without power Sunday morning following a traffic accident that knocked down power lines and power poles, according to Southern California Edison.

Edison's outage website indicated that the incident occurred near the intersection of Clark and Phelan lanes at about 5 a.m. Sunday.

According to comments posted on Patch, a power surge that damaged electronics preceded the outage.

As of 10:15 a.m. Sunday, 2,606 customers were without power; however, it appeared that only two were without power by 8:45 p.m.

Crews were completing repairs at 8:45 p.m., and power was expected to be restored to the remaining two customers by 6 a.m. Monday.

Jackie November 26, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Thanks a lot to whoever is responsible for this. I lost my tv and computer to this blackout, not to mention the 1900 photos I had just transferred to my computer and hadn't backed up on a flash drive yet. And I know for a fact that my aunts computer was was fried as well. So double thanks, jerk.
Wolfman November 26, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Time Warner Cable also went out about 10:00 am Sunday
Ernie Zahn November 26, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Our surge protectors saved most of our stuff, they were all fried and i had to buy new ones. But we lost our dish washer and tankless waterheater. Oh yeah, and we were woken up by the cable box lighting up like the 4Th of july. Tripple thanks for the cold shower.
Linda C November 26, 2012 at 05:22 AM
It wasn't just a power outage, it was a power surge. It fried our cable box, dishwasher & microwave, plus several light bulbs. It was like The Green Mile in here! We bought a bunch more surge protectors today.
skootzmama November 26, 2012 at 06:09 AM
We had surge protectors, but they didn't save everything. We came home from a camping trip to a fried wii, four NEW lamps and stereo. And four outlets that will require an electrician.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Yikes! Thanks, everyone, for the info. I just included a line about the surge in the update.
Jimmy Rustles November 26, 2012 at 07:40 AM
Does everyone plan on getting the damaged electronics repair/replacement covered by SCE? When I called them earlier today, the representative made it sound like the power surge (and outage) was a direct result of the idiot who crashed, and therefore everyone affected by the surge should be covered. SCE will in turn go after the person who crashed to reimburse them for damages. However, I'm not sure about SCE's claims process, and would rather go through other avenues unless everyone is confident that SCE will come through and take care of everything. Based on my understanding of the SCE claims process, you will need to first pay for all repairs and replacement costs, then submit to SCE for reimbursement. Not sure I would like to pay for everything up front and then hope that they reimburse. Thoughts?
Neil Davidson November 26, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Jackie, I'm no expert but if you photos are on a hard drive then they are likely not lost. Just transfer the hard drive to a new computer or put it into a hard drive enclosure and you can then use it to transfer (if you want to) the photos to your new computer. Also be sure all your electronics are on Surge Suppressor power outlets in the future. That might have prevented the damage to your equipment.
Neil Davidson November 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM
It's my understanding that surge protectors do not last forever. They lose their effectiveness over time due to small surges that hit them constantly. I suspect 5 years is around the life span, but not sure. This can explain why even those that had them lost equipment. Yes, even your dishwasher might need one these days!
Kim Baldock-Mahloch November 26, 2012 at 06:03 PM
It specifically states on the SCE website that they are not responsible for any damages incurred due to a third party, whether that is a vehicle, animal, or vegetation that comes in contact with their equipment. Therefore, none of us will be reimbursed for any damages incurred as a result of the power surge.
Amanda November 26, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Anyone need an electrician? Check out these guys! www.PennaElectric.com
Kim Harrington November 26, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Just contacted the RB police department. They suggested that I fill out a "records request" form ($20.00) and request a copy of the police report (which could take about a week) to see what the report indicates. From there you can file a personal claim towards the individual who caused the accident. (small claims, renters/home owners insurance) in hopes of retriving some if not all of your damaged property. Edison has made it clear that they are not responsoble... I lost about $1,500 worth of property. "Feel the pain!!"
John Schreiber (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Hey All.... I am working on a story about who is responsible, how to make a claim, etc. today and will post an article about what to do once I have talked with Edison, insurance agents, etc.
John Schreiber (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I just finished speaking to an insurance agent and a spokesperson for SCE. Have a look at this article for steps you need to take if you were affected by this surge: http://patch.com/A-zNSh
Laura Thomas November 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Hi John: I responded to your other article - I think the real issue is coordination. No one should have to really be "out" any money to fix or replace stuff. Basically, it might be a civic duty for YOU to make the records request to the police. Unless SCE plans on dedicating some time to handling all of our claims en masse, it's going to be a long drawn-out pain in the backside process. 2600 families lost power, but it is now, the day after, that we're figuring out the true amount of damage. Oh and by the way - if you are the investigative sort, you might want to look into WHY it is that we have had so many outages in this area. I've lived in my residence for 7 years (been in RB for 8 or so) and there have been at least 3 pretty lengthy outages - although yesterday was truly the worst. We probably have poorly placed above-ground SCE equipment that really contributes to the problem, especially one caused by an idiot or a drunk driver or whatever the story is. Thanks for any deeper information that you or your staff can provide us. Laura
Loren Blumberg November 29, 2012 at 02:55 PM
john, thanks for the added info about claims. I too lost some appliances including my Thermador Cooktop (Ignighters burned out in Warranty), Maytag Dishwasher (Burned Motherboard in Warranty), The GE Profile Fridge in the Garage (Out of warranty and too much to repair), 1 Night Light, 1 Surge Protector. Cost of an Electrician (Electric City-Jack Eaton) came out on a Sunday of a Holiday Weekend (replace 1 Twin Circuit Breaker burned out and Replace 1 Burned out GFI Outlet in the Kitchen. Lost some food from the outside Fridge and unable to move to the main Fridge due to limited space ($250 in Food) All totaling when done with repairs and or replacement over $3000!!!! It would be nice of you John to make the Police Report available online to us all so that the city does not get rich off all 2600 $20 Police Report Requests, can you make this happen? Sincerely, Loren Blumberg
Laura Thomas November 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Hello again: Anyone have any issues with Time Warner cable? One of our cable boxes was fried and the other was fine due to a "super duper" power surge protector. I went to TWC and swapped out the bad box and now the "new" one is making snap, crackle & pop sounds and/or losing audio completely, but in little patches. Watching the 11 pm news last night wasn't pleasant with every other word just missing or a little snap sound. Our TV is fine - we can load up netflix and watch movies, so it's the cable, although not sure if it's the box (could be), or the connection between the box and where the cable enters the house. Our other TV in the LR is fine and the cable is working fine, there. Laura Thomas
John Schreiber (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Hi Laura -- That is a good suggestion. I will go to the station today and request the police report and see what I can find out. When I get a copy, I will be sure to post it to both of these articles.
Kevin O'Connell December 01, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Restoring desktop computers. I restored my tower style desktop computer by replacing the power supply with one I purchased from Fry's for $25. I have found in the past that the power supply is what usually what blows in a surge like this. This is not too technical and can be done by removing four mounting screws and disconnecting and reconnecting several connectors.
Mary December 01, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Power surge losses are a dishwasher, TV cable box, two computers, two wall outlets. Except for the dishwasher, most of the items in my sons' room. As I manage the repair or replace process, I remember I didn't hear that the accident was a fatality, so that is something to be grateful for.
Robert King December 03, 2012 at 03:03 PM
We had a power outage in our area (West Covina) about a month ago that burned out our Thermador Stove.. We submitted a claim and within three days received a letter saying there was a power outage but that was not the cause and denied our claim. Also DO NOT use Thermador's repair techs. We thought that was the best way to go and they did more damage to the stove. Appliance Masters is the way to go.
Karen Rush December 03, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I submitted a claim to Edison and sure enough, they are not responsible because its the fault of a third party. Their letter suggests I go after the person responsible as they are. Anyone have info about the person responsible? I think we should all join a class action law suit against this person. Someone should be responsible for all of our losses. Isn't the power surge caused when the power comes back up and not when it goes down?? So why isn't Edison responsible???
John Schreiber (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Hey all -- Sorry to hear about all these losses. I spent 45 minutes at the police station on Friday trying to get a copy of the police report but am not able to because I was not involved in the incident. I did talk to Chief Leonardi about it though and have some new info on what you can do to get a copy of the report here: http://patch.com/A-zZrz (I will also post this on the other article so people know).
Robin Ridenour December 08, 2012 at 07:33 AM
I lost 2 TV's, my power source to my PC, and a couple of other things. I submitted a claim to Edison as i was told by them, and the Easy Reader reported that they said to do. They had my claim only 1 day before it was denied. My renter's insurance said to file because the person that hit the pole is responsible. How can we create a class action suit for everyone's expenses?
Robin Ridenour December 08, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Hoping for recovery of losses.
Jimmy Rustles December 11, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Total damage: 1. Dimmer switch to master bedroom lights 2. Broken vent above stove 3. Jacuzzi bathtub jets don't work Just discovered #3 2 week after the initial power outage, and I'm wondering what else may have been affected that I don't know about. I luckily have home warranty (with a $60 deductible for each claim) that should cover everything, and will be filing a form with the Redondo PD for information regarding the driver who caused the accident. My plan is to file a claim in small claims court for my deductible. It is appalling that SCE refuses to accept any responsibility and I would also like to let the driver have a piece of my mind. Even though I am lucky to have home warranty coverage, it is the principle of having to pay any money out of pocket because of an idiot driver who carelessly caused so much damage to this entire neighborhood. On the internet there is always talk of class action lawsuit, but in reality, I know I need to take matters into my own hands. Thanks to John Schreiber for spending the time at the police station to help dig up information - even though the smalls claims process is an inconvenience to me, I would like the driver responsible to also share their part in this inconvenience that they caused. And what better way to cause inconvenience than to force them to go through our "efficient" judicial system.

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