First brown outs, then a black out Friday

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Edison restores power

Many local residents found flickering lights and slow fans Friday afternoon, June 30. In some houses, the power in only one room had died, but not the entire house.

Southern California Edison confirmed reports of brownouts throughout Idyllwild last week. “We started getting calls about 4:35 p.m.,” said Mary Ann Milbourne of Edison’s media office.

SCE didn’t know the cause of the low voltage, Milbourne said. About two hours later, while investigating the source, a substation lost all power for a large portion of Idyllwild.

Within 30 minutes, all power was restored to the town, she said. As of Friday, SCE was still unsure of the cause of the brown outs, but would continue to seek a reason, Milbourne added.

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