Utility crews work to restore power to thousands of Southland residents

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Valley Village resident Ellen Scott hopes she'll get some help from the city. A tree fell on her white sedan during the storm on March 20, 2011, and she has no comprehensive insurance.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reports that repair crews are working to restore power to about
10,000 customers following yesterday’s big storm. At last check this afternoon Southern California Edison was trying to turn the electricity back on in about 40,000 households. Work crews across the Southland are also dealing with other problems the storm caused.

Drive through some parts of the San Fernando Valley and you’ll see what the storm left behind: collapsed roof tops, flooded parking lots and branches, or even worse, trees that came tumbling down.

One fell smack dab on a white sedan that belongs to Ellen Scott of Valley Village. No city worker had arrived to remove the tree, so hours after impact it was still there, smashed into the windshield of her car.

”I’m not gonna worry about it," said Scott. "Nobody was hurt so that’s a good thing. It’s probably going to be expensive, which isn’t a good thing. I’m hoping that maybe I’ll get some help from the city with it. So we’ll see. I don’t have comprehensive insurance so that was the other thought, like ‘what am I going to do?’”

Scott, who maintained a cheerful disposition, says the incident made her laugh.

“I’m in this group called ‘Save Franklin Canyon’ and we’re trying to save the trees and a big huge trail and I guess the trees aren’t trying to save me right now, though.”

The storm also inconvenienced people in areas like Woodland Hills where, Los Angeles County fire officials had to evacuate 30 people near a retaining wall that mud and debris threatened to plow down. A mudslide in Encino forced crews to evacuate a home there. In Ventura County, a tree fell onto power lines and sparked a house fire.

Forcasters expect two more storms to hit the Southland this week, but it’s not likely they’ll be as big as the one that just passed through.

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