SCE Crews Hustle
Bear Lake, Friday Afternoon January 13, 2017 ___
Southern California Edison Crews worked throughout the morning to restore power
after an Edison facility was compromised by Friday’s storm, knocking out power
to the region.
City of Big Bear Lake, CA – In the past
twenty-four hours, more than a foot of fresh snow has landed in the Big Bear Valley
region with the unintended consequence of knocking out power early Friday
morning to the Big Bear Lake region, impacting thousands of Bear Valley Electric and Southern California Edison customers.
At 3:36 A.M Friday, an electrical malfunction
occurred at Southern California Edison’s Goldhill substation affecting the SCE
power supply line serving Edison and BVES customers. The ensuing power outage affected the entire
Big Bear Valley region. BVES Crews were the first to arrive on
scene but because this was an SCE facility, SCE crews needed to be dispatched
from outside the area to resolve the problem.
Bear Valley Electric Service reported that power
was restored to all of its 23,000 customers at 11:55 A.M.
today’s weather is sorely needed to offset the ongoing drought impacting our
region, the heavy rains and snow came with a price,” said BVES Interim Director
Paul Marconi. “We truly appreciate the community’s understanding and patience
as we worked with SCE to resolve the issues caused to their system by this
As more storms are expected this winter, BVES encourages residents to
take proper precautions and report any downed line they see, to stay clear of
any downed line even if they are unsure it is a power line, and to call 911 if
they think there’s any potential for a fire.
For more information on how to best prepare for a
power outage, please visit www.bves.com or call (800) 808-BVES.
Valley Electric is a
division of Golden State Water Company (GSWC), which is a wholly owned water
and electricity utility subsidiary of American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR).
GSWC provides water service to approximately 256,000 customers within 75
communities throughout 10 counties in Northern, Coastal and Southern
California. Through its BVES division, the Company also distributes electricity
to over 23,000 customers in the City of Big Bear Lake and surrounding areas in San
Bernardino County, Calif.