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Alhambra declares a state of emergency

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.

Alhambra Road by In 'N Out | Photo by Nathan SolisCity 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 

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2 thoughts on “Alhambra declares a state of emergency”

  1. Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino were harder hit with many more trees falling possibly because of the strict laws of cutting and pruning trees in those cities. Alhambra has a good tree pruning program, in my neighborhood the tree trimming crews come about once a year. Another reason Pasadena was much harder hit because the high winds blowing through the Arroyo north of the Rosebowl and Brookside Golf Course at a much higher velocity than we seen in Alhambra. I seen it explained that the winds came through the Arroyo like your garden hose water shooting through the nozzle.

  2. Of all our surrounding cities, Alhambra has the fewest trees and sparsest tree canopy. I drove not only through Alhambra after the windstorm, but through Pasadena and South Pasadena and it appears that they were hit hardest as far as downed trees go.

    I don’t get it?