Snapped power pole, downed lines cause power outage in East Long Beach

More than 3,400 homes in East Long Beach and Lakewood were without power Wednesday morning when a power pole broke near Bellflower Boulevard and Harvey Way.

The outage started just before 11 a.m. with “equipment problems,” according SoCal Edison spokeswoman Mary Ann Milbourn.

Power lines had fallen onto the street on Bellflower Boulevard, blocking traffic both ways. Long Beach police and Lakewood Sheriff’s deputies were assisting with directing traffic.

The outage reached the Long Beach City College Liberal Arts campus, which had to close its bistro for the day, according to an email sent out to the campus.

Milbourn said the power company was working on switching some customers to other sources to get them power sooner. Some customers reported their power was back on by about 12:15 p.m.

All customers should expect to have their power restored by early evening, according to Milbourn.

She reminded residents to stay away from downed power lines and call 911 immediately to report one.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.