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IID Crews Work To Restore Power

Imperial Irrigation District crews are working to restore power to homes in Riverside County.

Eastern Riverside County was hit with a summer storm yesterday afternoon. The storm included heavy winds that hit the Thermal , Mecca and Oasis areas hard , toppling power lines and causing transformer equipment to fail.As of early Friday afternoon , power was restored to all but 170 customers in an area along Avenue 64 between Highway 111 and Filmore Road and on Avenue 66 between Filmore Road and Highway 86. According to IID communications officer Marion Champion , due to the destruction of double-circuit power transmission and distribution lines , repairs could extend into next week. The American Red Cross has established a cool center at Desert Mirage High School in Thermal with food and temporary shelter for residents affected.