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Silver Lake hit with back-to-back power outages due to record high heat

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A Traffic officer keeps the intersection of Sunset and Maltman safe during Silver Lake's second power outage of the day.

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A darkened strip mall on Sunset near Maltman during the second power outage to hit Silver Lake on Saturday.

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A brightly painted power box on Sunset and Maltman is lit by a streetlight that is not effected by the second power outage that hit Silver Lake Saturday.

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Traffic officers keep the intersection of Sunset and Maltman safe during Silver Lake's second power outage of the day.


The blistering heat caused a smattering of power outages around Los Angeles Saturday. But over 4,000 Silver Lake customers have been affected most of the day as they were hit with a double dose of outages.

According to a representative at the Department of Water and Power, the first outage struck at 1:26 p.m. and was resolved at 6:30 p.m. The second outage happened at 8:36 p.m. There is no estimated time of restoral, KPCC was told.

Two traffic officers in reflective vests stood in near darkness at the intersection of Sunset Blvd. at Maltman Ave. at 7:30 p.m. as the outage even affected some traffic lights in Silver Lake.

Nearby, in front of a dark and empty Baskin Robbins on Sunset, the Salvivar and Iniguez families stood disappointedly in the deserted strip mall, sad to see the ice cream shop had closed prematurely due to the outage. 

"We will walk to the gelato place," Mrs. Iniguez said pointing west to Pazzo Gelato a few blocks away.

DWP said the two outages were related and both due to the heat. Triple-digit temps hit many areas in L.A. Saturday. In Downtown L.A. it reached 103 degrees, breaking a 103-year-old record.

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