Southern California Edison distributes ice and water after West Covina power outage (updated)

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Screenshot of Southern California Edison's interactive power outage map, showing outages that occurred starting Saturday.

*** Updated at 2:40. Southern California Edison announced that power was restorted to West Covina and Covina homes at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. They added that the ice and water distribution center will be open till 4:00 p.m. ***

Southern California Edison will bring ice and water to customers affected by Saturday's unplanned power outage in Covina and West Covina. The distribution center opens at 11 a.m. in Palm View Park, 1340 E. Puente Ave., West Covina, 91780, closing when supplies run out.

According to a press release, a SCE substation located at Puente and Vincent avenues in West Covina experienced a catastrophic equipment failure yesterday at 4:02 p.m., and fire inside the substation caused a power outage affecting 2,013 customers. Vanessa McGrady of SCE said there is no estimated restoration time available.

Yesterday, the Department of Water and Power experienced outages dotting the Los Angeles area due to the heat. This SCE outage map shows a spread of outages that occurred Saturday as well.

McGrady said she's unsure whether the West Covina outage was sparked by hot temperatures, but it's a possibility when sweltering weather leads to warm nights.

"The equipment doesn’t have time to cool down, so it doesn't operate as well. It causes stress on the system," she said.

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