Utility crews working to restore power to thousands of Southland residents

Utility crews across Southern California are trying to restore power to thousands of people this afternoon. Yesterday’s big storm knocked out electricity in nearly 100,000 households and businesses.

At last check, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said about 12,000 of its customers were still in the dark. Southern California Edison reports at least 40,000 customers without power. Utility officials say repair crews are working quickly to remedy the problems. It helps that forecasters don’t expect more big storms right away.

”The unsettled weather pattern is expected to continue through much of the rest of the week," said National Weather Service spokesman David Sweet. "We have a couple more systems coming in. One on Wednesday afternoon and another on Thursday afternoon. But fortunately those two storms are not expected to be quite as intense as the storm that came in on Sunday.”

Utility workers say areas that still lack electricity include Valley Glen, Vermont Vista, Cheviot Hills, Lucerne Valley, Hawthorne and Redondo Beach.

The storm also caused other problems. On Sunday in Woodland Hills, LA fire officials evacuated 30 people in an area where mud and debris threatened to topple a retaining wall. Earlier Monday, a mudslide forced the evacuation of a home in Encino.

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