Wednesday incident still impacting residents as of Thursday evening
By Sam Catanzaro
An exploding transformer left thousands of Brentwood residents without power, including some who have remained without power for over 24 hours.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the incident was reported shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday near the area of Montana Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard. Firefighters responded to a transformer that had exploded leaving much of the surrounding neighborhood without power.
At 8:29 p.m. Wednesday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) said its crews were making repairs. According to the Department, at one point 2,261 costumers were impacted by the outage in both Brentwood and Pacific Palisades. At 10:50 p.m. Wednesday the Department said power had been restored to nearly half of those affected.
Despite LADWP’s efforts, around 300 costumers remain without power as of Thursday evening.
“The work involved is underground and will require a complete replacement of the cable that supplies power to the affected customers. Unfortunately underground outages take longer to repair due to their complexity,” LADWP said.
The current estimated time for restoration is 7 am. Friday.