Storm-Swept in the Neighborhood (Photo Gallery)

The strongest Santa Ana winds in memory downed trees and caused power outages, throwing us all a bit off balance.

A suburb is a mosaic of ownership—residential properties, businesses, schools, government offices. But to Santa Ana winds, it is one great landmass to be swept over—sometimes with disastrous results.

Wednesday’s windstorm is widely regarded as the worst in living memory—and these photos from Eagle Rock and Highland Park testify to the storm’s ferocity. Uprooted trees, blocked streets and power outages that resulted in major traffic tieups severely disrputed the lives of residents.

Feel free to add your own photos or videos to this gallery of images.

Jeff December 02, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Just wondering about the cleanup of branches and leaves. Last year when a milder wind storm brought down branches, mostly palm, residents on side streets north of Colorado and south of Hill Dr were told that only branches on Hill Dr would be picked up. If that is the case this year, with more piles in front of almost every home, should we just cart the debris over to the council office parking lot?
Steven Fjeldsted December 02, 2011 at 04:00 PM
Is there a place in Eagle Rock where large downed branches can be taken?
Ajay Singh (Editor) December 02, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Jeff and Steven—I'm awaiting a response to your concerns from the Council office. Let you know soonest.
Anne Colburn December 02, 2011 at 05:51 PM
No mention of Mount Washington! As of 9.50 AM Friday morning we are still without power. Any word of when the power may be back on?
Gaylord Hill December 02, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Refrigerator and freezer have basically become inoperable. Likewise freezer in garage, probably over $200 in food spoiled. Is not DWP liable for replacement of this stuff since we paid for a service they can't provide?
Ajay Singh (Editor) December 02, 2011 at 10:29 PM
Very sorry to hear about that, Gaylord Hill. I think DWP would be covered for an act-of-god event, although you should certainly try to find out from them if they have any form of compensation. You may contact Maychelle Yee at the following email address—feel free to mention my name and let us know what you find out: MaychelleDOTYeeATladwp.com
Peter Choi December 02, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Thanks for the great photos! For more images, please check out the short video at my blog about what we awoke to the morning after: http://eaglerock.patch.com/blog_posts/patch-blog-theres-got-to-be-a-morning-after
HLP Frenchy December 03, 2011 at 04:55 AM
The picture of the crushed Lamborghini is a classic!
Steven Fjeldsted December 03, 2011 at 04:57 AM
An article in the LA Times on August 13, 2006 entitled "If a Blackout Spoils Food Utility May Eat Cost" states "If the outage is caused by an act of nature or something out of control like heat or lightning, or animals getting into wires, we cannot be liable for those."It's stated my a man named Ziegler of SCE who adds, "Hard to predict what will be paid and what will be denied. It's worthwhile for a customer to turn it in so we can take a look at it." The article goes on to give the number to request a food loss claim form for DWP (800 342 5397) and says the claim form is also online at www.ladwp.com. After the recent windstorm and resultant power outage I lost a 5 day old piece of pumpkin pie, half of a 12 oz. box of bonbons, and a Three Musketeers bar left over from Halloween so I'm considering sending in a claim form for $1.40), the depreciated value.
SIMON December 03, 2011 at 04:40 PM
If DWP is going to reimburse for the spoil food because of a service that they can't provide. How about the fire dept's permanent closures of companies in our area that's also a service we are paying for that is not being provided. El Sereno had a big fire yesterday morning.
Drea December 08, 2011 at 05:11 AM
I was told by a friend in the insurance business that if you are a homeowner, and there is an extended blackout, you can likely claim your food loss through your homeowner's insurance without affecting your deductible.


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