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Power outages affect thousands in Inland area

By in Press Enterprise on August 31, 2017

By Doug Saunders

Several reports of power outages are keeping law enforcement busy Wednesday night.

In San Bernardino, police reported power outages in parts of the north side of the city as well as parts of downtown causing traffic jams at several intersections.

In La Verne power outages affected residents in the area of Base Line near Emerald, north up to Golden Hills, and in Riverside County’s community of Lake Mathews more than 2,300 residents had been sitting in the dark.

Southern California Edison crews quickly repaired the issues in La Verne, according to a police statement, but SCE’s website still shows other communities are in the dark.

The website indicated the source of trouble had been identified in some of the outages. “Storm conditions” are blamed for an outage affecting more than 650 San Bernardino customers near North Mountain View Avenue and West 31st Street, an area expected to be back in service by 11 p.m.

Another 400 customers in Rialto near East San Bernardino and South Riverside avenues, where the problem had not been identified by 9:30 p.m. may not have power restored until after 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31.

Smaller scattered outages have been reported including Murrieta, Menifee, Temescal Canyon, Upland and Rancho Cucamonga.

SCE officials haven’t said if the outages are tied to the heatwave pounding the Inland Empire.

Staff writer Gail Wesson contributed to this story.

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