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Power outages from high winds fail to stop schools

Mike Szymanski | February 1, 2016

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Marvin Avenue Elementary School suffered a power outage.

The high winds and rains over the weekend caused power outages at four LA Unified campuses, and a tree fell in the middle of another school.

None of the schools closed nor did any report damage, according to an LAUSD spokesperson. Power generators at the school sites were working, and even though neighborhoods in the area were without power, the schools had electricity.

South Gate High School, Mid-City’s Prescott School of Enriched Sciences, Canyon Elementary School and Marvin Avenue Elementary School and Early Education Center were all affected by power outages. At Avalon Gardens Elementary School a tree fell in the arcade area of the school near the administrative building but caused no damage to the building.

Preparations made in the months before the anticipated El Niño helped keep storm damage to a minimum. Previously, Director of Maintenance and Operations Roger Finstad said that all the generators at schools were checked so they were in good working condition, and branches and brush were trimmed and removed from school roofs.

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