A new round of showers dampened Southern California Monday as residents continued assessing their damage from Friday’s storm.
Light rain fell Monday around Southern California and the National Weather Service forecast more light showers through Tuesday.
Officials Monday issued a cold weather alert Monday for the Antelope Valley and Los Angeles County mountain areas, meaning they expect wind-chill temperatures to fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The alert is in effect for the mountain areas from Tuesday through Friday, and in the Antelope Valley on Thursday and Friday.
Also Monday, county health officials issued a beach use advisory advising people to use extreme caution when swimming or surfing near storm drains, creeks and rivers due to excessive debris that can pose a health hazard. That advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Utility crews worked through the night to restore service to 3,330 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers who lost power in the storm. More than 1,000 customers remained without power.
“With the high number of individual outage incidents and potential for continued rain, LADWP power system staff currently estimates restoration for most customers will take between 12 and 24 hours,” utility spokeswoman Kimberly Hughes said Monday morning. Lingering showers and thunderstorms in the area could slow progress.
The most frequent causes of power outages during heavy rainstorms are downed trees, dried palm fronds, and branches from trees on both private and public property falling and making contact with power lines, Hughes said.
Anyone seeing a downed wire should always assume it is live, refrain from touching it and immediately call 911.
Southern California Edison reported about 395 customers remained without power Monday in Los Angeles and Orange counties, including La Habra and Irvine, according to its website.
Meanwhile, traffic was flowing again Monday on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Studio City, where a 20-foot sinkhole swallowed two vehicles on Friday, causing firefighters to rescue one woman trapped in her car. One lane in both directions on Laurel Canyon was re-opened Monday as crews continued working to repair the sinkhole. Public works officials said intermittent closures might occur throughout the day to support construction activity.
Laurel Canyon will be closed again at 8 p.m. between Moorpark Street and Ventura Place and is scheduled to re-open 6 a.m. Tuesday to allow crews to install a bypass sewer line, officials said.
The sinkhole is at 4245 N. Laurel Canyon Blvd., two blocks south of Moorpark Street.
Los Angeles County is tallying up flood damage to see if the area qualifies for federal disaster relief. Small Business Administration loans can be made available to homeowners and businesses depending on the damage tally. County officials are asking affected people to fill out a survey online at www.211LA.org, or dial 211 from most phones.
— City News Service