*Published at Patch.com September 9, 2011
Ironically taking place on one of the hottest days of the year, Spring Valley and all of San Diego County suffered one of the worst power outages in its history Thursday.
The first outages were reported around 3:30 p.m., and San Diego Gas & Electric Company quickly held a press conference, explaining that the outage included all of San Diego County, parts of Baja California, and Imperial County. SDG&E claims that an “event” took place somewhere between San Diego and Arizona, which caused a chain reaction of outages for scores of miles.
For many, the blackout tested the emergency plans of both families and businesses alike. Many found themselves without batteries, food, and another valuable commodity in the triple digit heat: ice. At the Albertsons at 9831 Campo Road in Casa de Oro, dozens of people lined up outside the doors for a quick chance to get in and purchase some essentials. The store allowed small groups of customers to get what they needed until about 7:30 p.m.
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