SoCal Edison restores power to Inyo and Mono Counties

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MONO COUNTY, Calif. (KOLO) - SoCal Edison has confirmed to KOLO 8 News Now that it has restored power to thousands of customers in Mono and Inyo Counties after a public safety power outage.

At one point,14,524 people were without power.

Among those forced to adapt to life without power was Penny Tait, who lives in Mustang Mesa about 10 miles north of Bishop.

"Because most of us here are on well water, when there is a power outage we have no water. I was unable to run my oxygen concentrator which I need to sleep and because it was such a widespread outage, there were no hotel rooms. They were all booked up where they did have power."

Her power was finally restored Tuesday afternoon, more than 24 hours later. About 3,700 customers in the Mono County area were still without power as of Tuesday morning while utility crews inspected the lines to make sure they were safe.

Power was shut off Monday, September 16, 2019 as part of the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). It is meant to reduce the chance of wildfires caused by electrical equipment during high risk fire conditions.

The shutdown affected the Mono County communities of Mammoth Lakes, Benton, Benton Hotsprings, Lake Mary, Owens Valley, Toms Place, Swall Meadow, Willow Springs, and from Rush Creek to Agnew Lake near Lee Vining, and near Tuolumne Meadows.

The Inyo County shutdown affected the communities of Aspendell, Round Valley, near Silver Canyon and West Bishop.

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