The claims against the Department of Water and Power are flowing in for damages to private citizens, businesses and even other governmental agencies incurred during the Sept. 12 power outage. The outage affected about half the residents of the city, damaging electronics and costing some businesses revenues. While there are always folks who will try to squeeze the system for whatever they can get, those who filed claims in this lawsuit have good reason. The DWP has failed to do routine upgrades to its facilities for decades, even while the city’s politicians were robbing utility revenues for the general fund. The DWP is lucky that the claims so far only equal slightly less than a quarter-million dollars. In the meantime, officials must figure out what went wrong and fix it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!