Thursday, December 1, 2011

News Release: City of Arcadia reference Severe Wind Event

Severe Wind Incident Causing Power Outages and Numerous Hazards

December 1, 2011

9 a.m.

The City of Arcadia and surrounding communities are experiencing extremely high winds. The winds are causing power outages throughout the community, along with downed trees, branches, and power lines. The City is currently responding to numerous calls and reports of damage as it comes through.

There is a partial activation of the City of Arcadia Emergency Operations Center and various City Departments are working together to address incidents associated with this wind event.

This is a Public Works Services event with the primary focus of clearing major streets such as Huntington, Baldwin, and Santa Anita. Many roadways are blocked or restricted and City crews are working to clear obstructions as soon as possible.

Southern California Edison is aware of the power outages and is working to restore power.

If you encounter a downed power line – DO NOT TOUCH the line! Notify authorities immediately.

Southern California Edison can be reached at (800) 611-1911 to report extended power outages.

Remember to dial 911 for emergencies only. All other service calls for service should be directed to our Public Works Services Department phone line at (626) 256-6554 or (626) 256-6650.

All Arcadia Unified public schools will be closed today December 1, 2011. Schools are closed as a precautionary measure due to potential hazards at campus locations and road closures or hazards.

Due to numerous roadway hazards, the City is asking everyone to remain off the roadways this morning, if at all possible. If you must travel, allow plenty of extra time and be alert to hazards. Treat any signals that are “blacked out” or not working as a four-way stop sign.

The City will provide another press release update as we have additional information.

By: Jason Kruckeberg, Assistant City Manager

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