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VUSD electricians 'work through the night', restore power after storm

Visalia Times-Delta logo Visalia Times-Delta 10/27/2021 Lauren Jennings, Visalia Times-Delta
Southern California Edison crews work over Tulare Avenue near Church Street during the rain storm on Monday, October 25, 2021. © Ron Holman / Visalia Times-Delta Southern California Edison crews work over Tulare Avenue near Church Street during the rain storm on Monday, October 25, 2021.

Multiple schools went dark, students were shuffled from classrooms to libraries and electricians worked overtime to get some Visalia schools up and running after Monday's "bomb cyclone" storm.

Teachers and students reported flickering lights, downed phone lines, leaky classroom roofs, walls falling apart, as well as flooded crosswalks and parking lots throughout the day.

"We had electricians work through the night and morning to get generators at schools,"  Visalia Unified Interim Superintendent Doug Cardoza said

On top of power outages, teachers used trashcans as makeshift buckets after rain began dripping from damp ceiling tiles.

Ivanhoe, Washington, Hurley and Oak Grove Elementary schools, Mt. Whitney High School and Charter Home School Academy experienced issues with phone lines, leaks and power outages, Visalia Unified spokesperson Kim Batty confirmed.

The estimated cost of repairs and labor remained unknown as crews continued to assess damages on Wednesday. 

Crews help clear flooded drains in Visalia on Monday, October 25, 2021. © Eric Woomer Crews help clear flooded drains in Visalia on Monday, October 25, 2021.

"A car hit a transmission pole affecting multiple substations impacting a large area," said Diane Castro, Southern California Edison spokesperson. "Stormy weather can cause power lines to fall, creating hazards by electrifying puddles, wet grass, and the surrounding area."

SCE stated there were several outages throughout Visalia as a result of Monday's storm. Electricity was restored to the area by Tuesday.

If you see a downed power line, do not touch it, Castro said. Call 911 immediately.

Lauren Jennings covers education and news for the Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance-Register. Follow her on Twitter @lolojennings. Get alerts and keep up on all things Tulare County for as little as $1 a month. Subscribe today.

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