UPDATE: Power Outages Plague Montrose, La Crescenta

Several areas in Montrose, La Crescenta and La Canada Flintridge are reporting no power Thursday morning after high wind gusts ripped through foothill neighborhoods.

1:45 p.m.: Glendale Clean & Beautiful, Inc posted on Facebook that you can hire the Property Clean Up Program (PCUP) for help with the windstorm aftermath. PCUP is operated by the City of Glendale and sponsored by Glendale Clean & Beautiful. They will give you a very reasonable quote. Contact Julio at (818) 548-2125.

1:00 p.m.: Power is still out throughout Montrose and La Crescenta. Here are the following street signs without power: Boston Avenue at Foothill Boulevard; La Crescenta Avenue at Foothill Boulevard.

11:20 a.m.: At least 30 street trees have been uprooted, according to the City of Glendale's windstorm update website. Most of the damage appears to be in the form of broken limbs and fallen palm fronds. If you have a fallen tree call 818-548-3950.

Currently 10,000 GWP customers are without power. At least half a dozen power poles have sustained damage. GWP staff is working to restore power. Customers that currently have power may experience temporary outages throughout the day as crews repair downed lines and damaged poles in your neighborhoods. There is no damage to water facilities. If you see a fallen power line call 818-548-2011.

The Public Works Department is in the process of clearing streets and restoring traffic signal operations. The Glendale Police Department is assisting in traffic control where necessary. Drivers are encouraged to allow for extra time.

GUSD campuses are open. Crescenta Valley High School is without power as they are served by Southern California Edison. Rosemont Middle School and Mountain Avenue are also without power, but is expected to be back on soon.

Fire personnel have asked those that have medical apparatus/equipment in their homes to have their back up batteries fully charged for this evening. Heavy winds this afternoon my cause additional outages.

11:10 a.m.: City of Glendale launches an emergency website for residents, windstorm updates, according to Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.

11:00 a.m.: and students are without electrical power but telephones are working and classes are in session, according to Glendale Unified School District spokesperson Steven Frasher.

"Students are being advised to avoid storm debris and steer clear of any downed power lines," Frasher told Patch in a news release.

10:52 a.m.: Glendale Water and Power reports on Twitter that about 10,000 customers are without power. Customers that have power may experience outages as crews repair lines. Report emergencies at 818-548-2011.

10:24 a.m.: A giant olive tree crushed a blue Volvo on a driveway near Rockdell Street and Rosemont Avenue.

7:37 a.m.:  is in session Thursday, according to Principal Rebeca Witt. No other Glendale Unified schools have announced cancelled school days, according to Glendale Unified School District spokesperson Steven Frasher.

Patch followers reported these streets have no power Thursday morning

La Crescenta Avenue and El Caminito Street

Del Mar Road and Montrose Avenue

Community and Rosemont avenues

7:12 a.m.: Residents throughout Montrose, La Crescenta and La Canada Flintridge are reporting no power Thursday morning, along with fallen trees and wires down. 

In areas south of Community Avenue in Montrose toward Verdugo Park in North Glendale, including some areas of La Canada Flintridge, are without power off and on this morning, Glendale police Sgt. Craig Tweedy told Patch.

"They’ll hopefully have it on within the hour," Tweedy said.

Southern California Edison will restore power to the area, a deputy at CV Sheriff's Station told Patch. 

The most common calls are fallen trees and wires, Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Harley of the Crescenta Valley Station told Patch. 

"We're responding to calls of trees down and wires down," Harley said. "No one is injured. It sounds like the winds just picked up in the last hour, but I haven't heard of anything significant yet. I've heard of trees down, branches down." 

Harley recommends people avoid travel as much as possible.

"With winds like this you want to stay home if possible and avoid travel becuase there's such a hazard with falling debris and with power outages there's traffic lights out and this could cause accidents," Harley said. 

"It's a good day to stay home if you're able to but if you have to go out and drive just drive slowly," Harley said. 

Updated Wednesday: The 210 Freeway exit at Berkshire Avenue is blocked due to a fallen tree.

Updated 11:15 p.m. Wednesday: Business alarms and lights are sounding off throughout Montrose from Ocean View Boulevard to Verdugo Road. Power is off throughout this area. Several trees are down.

Power is completely out at Foothill Boulevard at Ramsdell Avenue in La Crescenta, where county workers are trying to bring power back. The location of the transformer is still unknown.

Updated 9:53 p.m. Wednesday: All lanes on 210 Freeway open through La Cañada. Street lights on Foothill Boulevard west of Cornishon are on, but Foothill east of Cornishon is dark, all the way to Oak Grove. High winds have strewn sand and rocks across Oak Grove near Hahamongna Watershed Park. Motorists are cautioned that flying debris, such as tumbleweeds, are expected to hit vehicles as they're driving.

Updated 9:27 p.m. Wednesday: Traffic lights out at Crown Avenue, Oak Grove Drive and .

Updated 9:17 p.m. Wednesday: 210 Freeway westbound at Oak Grove Drive closed due to tree across freeway, and there's an accident at Berkshire Avenue and 210 Freeway in La Cañada.

LAFD.blogspot.com reports 14,000 Southern California Edison customers without power from high winds. SoCal Edison website lists La Cañada as an area that lost power.

Earlier: Strong winds blew a transformer in the foothills Thursday, knocking out power to traffic lights and dropping tree branches all around La Crescenta and La Cañada, officials said.

Deputy Eric Matejka said traffic signals died at the eastbound and westbound entrances of the 210 Freeway, at Altura and Pennsylvania avenues. The high winds, estimated to peak at 80 mph Thursday morning, felled trees across the Crescenta Valley, he said.

Deputies talking on the police scanner said that Public Works had been contacted, as had California Highway Patrol and Glendale Police Department.

Check back on Patch for further wind damage updates. You may also follow along with what's falling where at http://lafd.blogspot.com.

Have you seen any wind damage: felled trees, power lines or other uprooted items? Post them on Patch.

Leigh Justice December 02, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Power still out - Montrose Ave. & Ocean View. 5:10pm.
Nicole Charky December 02, 2011 at 01:50 AM
Jack, I feel your pain. I'm up the road from you, typing by candle. What are you doing to pass the time?
chuck weiss December 02, 2011 at 04:47 PM
I've been watching County crews working on a large power pole that was snapped at the intersection of Ocean View Blvd and the east onramp of the 210 Freeway (in front of Archer Travel) for over a day now, I suspect that's why so much of our area is without power.
Black Cat Mom December 03, 2011 at 09:28 PM
We watched that same crew on Ocean View. Several people were encouraging them from afar to PLEASE hurry. It got so boring with the radio inside that we went outside to chat with neighbors in the moonlight. Some were kind of patrolling the dark neighborhood "just in case", with cell phones and flashlights in hand.


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