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Senator Scott Wilk, (R-Santa Clarita), representing the 21st Senate District, announces he and Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) are requesting federal assistance for rural communities left in the dark by California’s unprecedented and recurring power outages.

The letter can be found here.

“Today, in the 21st Senate District, the power was shut off again in the Leona Valley, Acton and Agua Dulce. It is unacceptable and dangerous. In these, as in many rural communities, water is drawn from wells. Without power there is no water. Without power there is no cell service, leaving residents unable to call for help in an emergency,” said Wilk. “Additionally, medically vulnerable people are left without access to life-saving equipment like ventilators, sleep apnea and dialysis machines. Our constituents need help and we are asking the federal government to step in where the state has failed.”

Wilk and Lackey are requesting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide personal generators and water deliveries to the rural communities affected. In the absence of a congressional representative, Senator Wilk and Assemblyman Lackey made the request directly to President Trump.

“Actions speak louder than words and Gavin Newsom has allowed this to become the ‘new normal’ despite his words to the contrary,” continued Wilk. “While bureaucrats at utility companies turn power on and off, and politicians wring their hands in despair, people are suffering. Our constituents need help now.”

Earlier this week Wilk and Lackey personally rented a generator and brought it to a retired veteran in need of oxygen. The power had been off for over 24 hours, rendering his ventilator useless without a generator.

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  1. I reside in a low income seniors apartment complex, in Canyon Country, 4 floors, 200 units. We had power outages. That caused total blackout conditions, no elevators! The emergency lighting in hallways had run out, black as black could be! My concern is with the tenants in wheelchairs on the top three floors! They had no way off their floors, let alone out of the building of God forbid the building had caught fire! Management needs to take responsibility and provide generators for extended power and to provide the names and apartment numbers to the local fire department to get those incapacitated seniors the emergency help they need! Next time could take their lives!

  2. Susan Slates says:

    Generators are an expensive solution. I live and work in Agua Dulce. I lent two generators to my neighbors. One is a elderly woman confined to a wheelchair. Not everyone is physically able to start and maintain a generator. The last power outage lasted 40 hours. disconnecting power does not solve the possible downed power line problem. A 24 hour patrol (from Edison) on Red Flag Alert days would help help public safety and public awareness. No power here=no water, little to no cell service and no heat. In the last 40 hour outage, we had 2 30 degree nights.

  3. Susan Slates says:

    Generators are an expensive solution. I live and work in Agua Dulce. I lent two generators to my neighbors. One is a elderly woman confined to a wheelchair. Not everyone is physically able to start and maintain a generator. The last power outage lasted 40 hours. disconnecting power does not solve the possible downed power line problem. A 24 hour patrol (from Edison) on Red Flag Alert days would help help public safety and public awareness. No power here=no water, little to no cell service and no heat. In the last 40 hour outage, we had two 30 degree nights, miserable for senior citizens.

    • Numerous seniors in and around the Tick fire were without electricity, heat, food spoiled, but most tragic could have been the wheelchair residents in a 4 story building! The elevators stopped working! God forbid an ember started a fire for my building, those 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor residents would have no way to evacuate!

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