Long Beach power outage continues third day in a row

Smoke coming out of a manhole in Long Beach on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.
Smoke coming out of a manhole in Long Beach on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

A power outage that followed an electrical fire in downtown Long Beach Wednesday persisted into Friday morning, leading to further street closures and limiting access to the 710 Freeway.

Southern California Edison crews who worked to restore power to the area Thursday night were unsuccessful, according to an advisory by the Long Beach Police Department. Nearly 3,500 customers remained without power Friday morning, reported KTLA 5

Those suffering losses from the outage, like businesses with spoiling food in their freezers, can file a claim with SCE, company spokesman Robert Laffoon Villegas told KNX 1070.

The city of Long Beach tweeted: 



Several roads were closed Friday due to work by Edison crews, according to the Long Beach Police Department. They include:

  • 3rd Street, from Chestnut Avenue to Magnolia Avenue
  • 6th Street, from Pine Avenue to Locust Avenue 
  • Locust Avenue, from 6th Street to 7th Street 
  • Locust Avenue, from 7th Street to 8th Street 

Several on- and off-ramps for the 710 Freeway were also being affected by the work, according to LBPD:

  • Northbound 710 closed at 3rd Street onramp. Use Ocean Boulevard and 7th Street for northbound access. 
  • Southbound 710 off ramps closed at Broadway and 6th Street. Use Anaheim Street or Shoreline Drive.

“We advise commuters to allow for additional time as they travel in the greater Downtown area due to intermittently operating traffic signals,” said Deputy City Manager Arturo Sanchez in a statement. “Please drive with caution throughout all intersections."

Long Beach police offered the following safety tips for weathering a blackout:

  • Intersections may be affected. Remember intersections without power (blacked-out) must be treated as a 4-way stop. 
  • Use flashlights instead of candles and never leave candles burning unattended 
  • Use stairways instead of elevators which could potentially trap occupants 
  • Use extreme caution while driving and be sure to keep an eye out for pedestrians 
  • Use a flashlight when walking for better visibility and do not wear dark clothing 
  • Remember that intersections without power must be treated as a four-way stop 
  • If you must drive within the affected area, leave early for your destination to allow for delays 

This story has been updated.