Power returned to Boyle Heights residents Thursday morning after 11,000 customers in the neighborhood were left in the dark overnight and into the early morning in what is being called a “dangerous” heatwave by the National Weather Service.

LADWP said in a statement online that power was back on by 5:40 A.M. “During periods of excessively hot temperatures for extended periods of time, electrical equipment can become overheated as customers typically operate air conditioners all at once, increasing the strain on neighborhood power distribution equipment.”

The utility agency says crews worked overnight to return power to Boyle Heights and other parts of Los Angeles. “Staff worked through the night implementing complicated repairs and rerouting power to circuits that are less overloaded in an effort to restore power as quickly as possible.”

This is at least the second time this week Boyle Heights residents were left in the dark amid a blistering heatwave. The National Weather Service expects the heatwave to continue through at least Saturday with triple digit heat expected for inland areas.

Kyle Garcia

Kyle García is a former web editor with Boyle Heights Beat.

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