South Valley residents preparing for power outage

FRESNO, Calif.

Many have been notified about a planned outage by Southern California Edison.

According to a flier sent to residents, the maintenance work is set to begin tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.. Southern California Edison says parts of Farmersville, Visalia, Exeter and Porterville are included in this planned outage.

The energy company says this is routine work that is performed throughout the year. Neighbors I talked with say they're okay with that on a typical day. But they want tomorrow's work to be postponed until forecast temperatures drop below 100 degrees.

They're worried about the elderly and kids who are still out of school - since those are two groups of people extremely susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

Southern California Edison says it's maintenance is part of what prevents unplanned outages, especially during extreme weather, like the current stretch of triple digit temperatures.

"We certainly understand and appreciate those concerns, that's why prior to doing any planned maintenance we notify our customers in advance; typically 7-10 days in advance, to allow our customers to make appropriate accommodations to prepare for the outage," Brian Thoburn of Southern California Edison said.

Some families Action News spoke with say they will likely find some place other than their homes to cool off if their power goes out. The planned outage is scheduled to last seven hours.

Southern California Edison says power to the affected areas could be shut off and turned back on several times throughout the day.

The planned outage is only slated for residential customers. Commercial power will not be impacted by this work, and So Cal Edison says it's power supply has held up through the heat wave, avoiding unplanned outages because of upgrades its made to the system in recent years.

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