Riverside, Calif. – Power was interrupted for more than twenty-one thousand customers, including Kaiser Hospital early this morning due to lightning strikes from this weekend’s storm.
At around 2:30 a.m. Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) experienced the sudden loss of three sub-transmission lines. Concurrently, Riverside’s Fire Department was called to contain a fire at the Harvey-Lynn substation located in the La Sierra area of the city.
Initially RPU crews worked quickly to restore both the transmission lines and power to the hospital, which was completed by 4:25 a.m. By 6:30 a.m. service was restored for more than 17 thousand customers and power for all remaining customers was restored before 8 a.m.
“During major storms it is inevitable that we will lose some power to our customers,” said General Manager Girish Balachandran. “But when one of those customers is a hospital, it is particularly important that we restore power quickly and safely. I’m truly impressed by the quick response and professionalism of our trained crews during critical times.”