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article imageCalifornia community still in the dark after last week's storms

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Dec 8, 2011 in Lifestyle
Temple City - Many residents in Temple City are still without power, nearly a full week after violent windstorms wreaked havoc on the region. An investigation is being launched in order to find out the reason for the delay of power restoration to the community.
Utility crews were still working Wednesday night to restore power to much of the community. Certain traffic lights are still unable to work properly due to the power outage.
CBS Los Angeles reports that the State Public Utilities Commission is launching an investigation into the matter. They will specifically be looking at whether equipment and power poles were too old to have been able to sustain the force of the winds. They will also be looking at whether Southern California Edison has provided enough staff to help resolve the issue.
Mayor Tom Chavez has explained that work crews face treacherous conditions, such as downed power lines and power poles that have actually snapped in half due to the force of the windstorms. He explains:
"The magnitude of the damage that was done, I think it just takes time to get through it.”
Southern California Edison, one of the local utility companies, had originally expected to have all power restored by 8 pm on Monday.
According to ABC 7, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich has accused Edison of not planning ahead for such an event. He claims that the company has poorly communicated with customers and has left them in a state of confusion about the issue.
Edison stated late Wednesday night that there were fewer than 1,000 customers still without power, but exact figures are still largely unknown.
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