SDG&E issued notices to La Jolla property managers a week in advance of a planned energy outage to occur at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 9. But the outage affected approximately 20 buildings on Genesee Avenue, La Jolla Village Drive, and Executive Drive for longer than expected.
The outage also darkened several businesses in the University Towne Centre mall and numerous traffic lights on Genesee and La Jolla Village Drive.
With approximately 700 people occupying three multistoried buildings in the affected area, a series of evacuations followed when the electricity failed to return in a timely manner. When power had not returned by 3 p.m, authorities were called in to perform traffic control.
Reportedly, power was returned to the last building at 12.30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10.