Southern California Edison said that as of noon on Thursday 224,800 residents remained without power. The hardest hit areas were in the San Gabriel Valley, and included Alhambra where more than 10,000 residents lacked power.
And the worst of the storm may not yet be over. The weather forecast for Alhambra includes gusts up to 40 mph through Friday.
City Manager Julio Fuentes said that the Emergency Operations Center activated at 4a.m Wednesday. A state of emergency has also been declared for Alhambra.
"Downed trees, trees that have been uprooted, we’ve had some trees on private property and cars. We are up to our eyeballs with a lot of work in terms of trying to clear that up and get that back in order," Fuentes said. "What this means is that we will avail ourselves to any potential help or resources that might be available after this is over. There could be opportunities for funding or reimbursements after this emergency situation is over for our entire region."
Fuentes said that residents can help by pitching in to clean up, as he said he did early this morning. For larger jobs, however, they should contact the city — and be patient. Edison said there was no estimated time for when power would be restored to the area, but that crews are working around the clock.
"Calls for services were just off the board this morning. A lot of down trees, a lot of power line situations, and of course a good portion of the city was without electricity including the street lights, the signal lights," Fuentes said. Challenges not withstanding, he said, "Everything is going well. Our residents are just doing a yeoman's job of working with us."
For downed power lines residents should call Edison directly. Downed trees during business hours they should call 626-570-5067. After hours the non-emergency dispatch number 626-570-5151