This is a breaking news story update.
More than two days since the super windstorm struck Temple City, thousands of residents are still waiting for Southern California Edison (SCE) to restore electricity to their homes.
Less than 50 percent of Temple City is now without power, a City spokesperson stated Saturday, December 3. Full restoration may not occur until Monday.
In the afternoon, City volunteers began distributing bags of ice, bottles of water, and flashlights to those still without power. SCE donated the ice and water, while City Hall purchased the flashlights.
According to Assistant to the City Manager Brian Haworth, the City’s focus is now on clean-up efforts. City employees are working to clear debris and re-direct traffic throughout Temple City, he said.
Earlier this week, the City Council declared a state of emergency and temporarily suspended overnight parking rules in Temple City.
With power restored in some areas, some businesses along Rosemead Boulevard and Las Tunas Drive reopened. Many cafes with Wi-Fi capabilities were packed with customers on Friday and Saturday.
As of 2 P.M. on Saturday, December 3, the following information has been provided by Temple City officials.
• The City Council on Thursday declared a state of emergency. The City Council on Friday also suspended rules prohibiting overnight parking in Temple City.
• All Temple City Unified School District schools remain closed until Monday, December 5.
• City Hall remains open for 24 hours daily to assist with any emergency-related issues. City Hall will open for normal City business on Tuesday, December 5.
• The Live Oak Park Community Center is open for residents without electricity to read, study, or watch some family-friendly TV.
• However, all Temple City parks are closed until further notice.
• Approximately less than 50 percent of Temple City homes are still without power. Southern California Edison has informed city officials that power may not be restored until Monday, December 5.
• Water service is now operating at full capacity throughout Temple City.
• Approximately 200 trees are down. Athens Services have deployed huge trash receptacles to collect fallen tree debris. Crews will also pick up debris through Friday, December 9.
• At least 30 homes have sustained damage.
• Two criminal incidences have been reported: a purse snatching on Las Tunas and a residential burglary on Olive Avenue.
• There are no reported injuries.