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UPDATE: Canyon Country: 2 power outages, transformer failure

Brief closure of Soledad Canyon Road

Posted: July 12, 2013 11:01 a.m.
Updated: July 12, 2013 11:01 a.m.

Failed underground cables caused two power outages in Canyon Country on Friday in the same area where an electrical transformer blew on Soledad Canyon Road, Fire Department and Edison officials said.

The first outage affected 801 customers who lost power around 7:26 a.m. due to a failed underground cable located near Luther Drive, Southern California Edison spokesman Paul Klein said.

Some 94 customers were still without power on Soledad Canyon Road between Crossglade Avenue and Luther Drive shortly before 4 p.m. Power to those customers was expected to be fully restored by 8 p.m., Klein said.

About 10:30 a.m., some residents were alarmed when a transformer failed on Soledad Canyon Road near Whites Canyon Road, sending smoke into the air. Firefighters were summoned.

“When a transformer blows out you’re going to have a little puff of smoke out of it,” said Fire Department Inspector Tony Akin. “But it’s nothing to write home about.”

Akins said Fire Department personnel cleared the scene shortly after 11:30 a.m.

A second power outage occurred around the same time that the transformer failed, Klein said. It left about 1,721 more Canyon Country Edison customers in the dark.

Klein said the failure occurred west of Hidaway Avenue and south of Soledad Canyon Road.

Power was restored to nearly all the customers by 4 p.m.

Although the power outage and the transformer failure occurred around the same time, Edison inspectors could not yet conclude a cause-and-effect relationship, Klein said.

The transformer blowing out did not affect traffic lights in the area, sheriff’s Lt. Mark Hershey said, and there were no reports of injuries or property damage.

One lane of eastbound Soledad Canyon Road was closed “for a few hundred yards” while crews worked on the transformer, Hershey said.

The road was fully reopened before noon, according to sheriff’s officials.
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