COUNTY DECLARES EMERGENCY DUE TO BLACKOUT: LOOTING IS NOW A FELONY

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More updates on power restoration

September 8, 2011 (San Diego) – 11:30 p.m. – Isolated reports of broken glass and possible looting attempts have been reported at a taco store in Lemon Grove, where metal barriers prevented entry, and at a home in Vista. San Diego County has declared a local emergency, meaning looting is now a felony, San Diego Sheriff advises.

 

The Sheriff’s offices is receiving numerous calls about home alarm failures and has responded to a medical call ofa grandmother needing oxygen in San Marcos, where firefighters rendered aid.

 

SDG&E has begun checking on critical needs customers with medical conditions. Patients are advised to check ID before letting anyone into their homes.

 

All residents are urged to check in with elderly neighbors and provide assistance if needed.

 

San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter will provide air support throughout the evening. A short time ago, a Sheriff’s helicopter ordered people gathered at the top of Mt. Helix to go home, shining a searchlight to illuminate the area.

 

All jails in our region have backup generators with adequate fuel.

 

In the unincorporated areas of the County, power is now back on in Jamul, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, San Marcos, and unincorporated areas of El Cajon an Escondido, the San Diego Sheriff reports.

 

SDG&E reports that some areas may not receive power restoration until tomorrow night.