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Power Out For More Than 8,200 Customers In Boyle Heights Amid Ongoing Heat Wave

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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews were working early Wednesday evening to restore service in Boyle Heights, where approximately 8,270 customers were without power. The outage is due to equipment overloading at the distributing station serving the area amid the ongoing heat wave, according to a release from LADWP. According to Eastsider LA, outages in Boyle Heights were first reported around 3 p.m. Power is expected to be fully restored in the neighborhood by midnight.

"During periods of excessively hot temperatures for extended periods of time, electrical equipment can become overheated as customers typically operate air conditioners all at once, increasing the strain on neighborhood power distribution equipment," LADWP explained in the statement. Approximately 15,000 customers across greater L.A. lost power Tuesday night, with the outages concentrated in the San Fernando Valley area.

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An additional 3,000 LADWP customers are currently affected by smaller outages across the L.A. area, with power out in parts of neighborhoods including the Hollywood Hills, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Sun Valley, Pacoima, Van Nuys and Arleta.