Breaking News Update: City Officials Estimate Millions of Damages, Power Still Out for Some Residents

This is a breaking news story update.

Almost a week since the monstrous windstorm struck Los Angeles, some Temple City residents are entering their sixth day without any electricity.

Electricity may be restored within 24 hours, a media representative for Southern California Edison (SCE) told the Temple City Voice this morning.

SCE crews were working around the clock to restore electricity, but recently discovered “devastation” was slowing down restoration efforts, she said.

Yesterday, City Hall reported that two thousand customers still did not have any power.

“The neighborhoods most affected are those near Live Oak Park,” according to the December 5 press release.

City Hall also estimated over $10 million in damage as a result of the windstorm.

Temple City residents will still be able to pick up bags of ice, water, and flashlights.

The Live Oak Park Community Center, which on Saturday opened to those without electricity, will continue to provide some warmth and TV. However, all City Parks remained closed until further notice.

The hurricane-like windstorm slammed into Temple City on Wednesday, November 30, uprooting approximately 500 trees, as well as damaging public and private property.

In response, the City Council declared a local “state of emergency,” which will allow Temple City to recuperate some of the disaster-related costs. City officials also temporarily suspended overnight parking rules until January 2012.

Meanwhile, businesses along Rosemead Boulevard and Las Tunas Drive have reopened, though some still do not have any power.

As of 3 P.M. on Monday, December 5, the following information was provided by Temple City officials.

• Last week, the City Council declared a state of emergency and suspended rules prohibiting overnight parking in Temple City.

• Temple City Unified School District schools reopened Monday, though Cloverly and Emperor elementary schools did not have power restored.

• City Hall remains open for 24 hours daily to assist with any emergency-related issues. City Hall opens for normal City business today.

• 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 20 percent of Temple City homes are still without power.

• Water service is operating at full capacity throughout Temple City.

• Approximately 500 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 4000 homes have sustained damage.

• Three criminal incidences have been reported: a purse snatching on Las Tunas, a residential burglary on Olive Avenue, and a vehicular burglary on Farago Avenue.

• There are no reported injuries.


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