How the Power Outage Affects La Jolla

School closures and a directive to boil water are among the results of the "unprecedented" blackout.

Update 9:07 a.m., Sept. 9: Wondering where to buy safe groceries in La Jolla or if the food in your refrigerator is safe? .

Update 1:12 a.m., Sept. 9: Power was restored to at least a portion of La Jolla at 12:58 a.m., Friday.

SDG&E officials report that power is being restored slowly. La Jolla Patch promises not to leave you in the dark. Here is the information we have so far:

  • Power has been restored in parts of San Diego. Power restoration will continue in a stepped process through Friday.
  • San Diego Unified schools including Bird Rock Elementary, La Jolla Elementary, La Jolla High, Muirlands Middle and Torrey Pines Elementary schools will be closed Friday.
  • At approximately 6 a.m. on Friday morning, families of La Jolla Country Day School students will receive a telephone message announcing whether school will be in session.
  • Several water pump stations in San Diego have lost power, and precautionary boil-water notices have been issued for several areas including La Jolla.
  • Beaches north of Scripps Pier through Del Mar and Solana Beach . As a result of the power outage, an estimated 3.2 million gallons of sewage spilled from the San Diego Metropolitan Wastewater System into the Los Penasquitos Lagoon.
  • Only “mission critical” UC San Diego campus employees should report to work Friday. Follow your department’s emergency plan and/or contact your supervisor.
  • All UC San Diego Health System hospitals and clinics are open.
  • Scripps Hospital La Jolla is open.
  • Extra police are on duty.
  • The MTS is operating on a reduced schedule.
  • San Diego county and city employees should report to work on Friday. Offices will be open.
  • City trash services will not be interrupted.


  • Only call 911 in the event of a life-threatening emergency.
  • For non-emergency information or questions call 211 or the city's non-emergency CAPPS line at 619-570-1070.
  • Please limit landline or cell phone use to keep phone lines open for critical calls.
  • Be neighborly. Check on your neighbors, especially those who are older or have small children.
  • Turn off your air conditioning.
  • Do not drive unless you have to.
Jennifer Armour September 09, 2011 at 01:23 PM
La Jolla Country Day School is in session today.
Margo Schwab September 09, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Great tips...tand hank heavens it is supposed to be much cooler today.


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