SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Nearly all Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers have had
their service restored after being impacted by the series of
“Atmospheric River” winter storms that struck Northern and Central
California over the past week. This was the largest storm series to
impact PG&E’s service area in more than six years.
Crews continue to work around the clock to restore service for the
remaining customers who have experienced storm-related outages,
especially those in locations with deep snow in the Sierra Nevada and
Since the storm series hit on Saturday, Jan. 7, PG&E has restored
service to approximately 680,000 customers who had lost power. By the
end of today, all customers will be restored except for a small number
where access will prevent restoration until Saturday.
Strong winds, falling trees and major flooding damaged electrical
equipment throughout the company’s 70,000-square-mile service area.
PG&E’s meteorologists reported the “Atmospheric River” storm series
helped produce the wettest winter so far (at this date) for the Sierra
Nevada and ahead of the legendary winter of 1982-1983.
So far, according to PG&E meteorologists, it has been the wettest winter
Humboldt and Mendocino counties have seen in 20 years. Rainfall amounts
during the storm included 15.7 inches at Mount Umunhum in the Santa Cruz
Mountains, 18 inches in Blue Canyon in Placer County and 20.6 inches at
Venado in Sonoma County.
Crews are working to restore the final storm-caused outages as soon as
possible, but this work could stretch into Saturday, depending on the
scope of the area impacted and the severity of the weather. In some
areas, deep snow, rockslides and mudslides and other obstacles are
making access difficult for crews. The long-range weather forecast calls
for mostly dry weather through Monday, followed by a return of wet and
unsettled, and potentially stormy, weather by mid-week.
PG&E has devoted more than 5,000 people to the response effort,
including 38 mutual-aid crews from Washington, Oregon and California
assisting PG&E’s crews. Southern California Edison, Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power, Eugene Power and Water, Central Lincoln,
Tacoma Water and Power, Redding Electricity and Lodi Electricity
provided crews. The additional resources have helped PG&E assess damage
and restore power safely and more quickly. Our field resources have been
supported by PG&E employees in local and regional emergency centers and
offices throughout the service area.
“We appreciate our customers’ patience during this significant storm
event, and we’ve remained focused on restoring power for all of our
customers safely and as quickly as possible. Across our entire service
area, from Eureka to Bakersfield, our dedicated crews have been working
in heavy rain, strong wind, and snow to restore power,” said Pat Hogan,
PG&E senior vice president, Electric Transmission & Distribution.
For the latest information on power outages and restoration updates,
from your mobile device or desktop, or call 1-800-743-5002. Customers
also can visit PG&E’s Twitter feed at http://www.twitter.com/pge4me
and PG&E’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pacificgasandelectric.
With more winter weather in the months ahead, PG&E offers these tips to
help customers stay safe during the storm:
Always treat low hanging and downed power lines as if they are
energized and extremely dangerous. Keep yourself and others away from
them. Be aware that trees, pools of water and other objects may be in
contact with power lines. If you see damaged power lines or electrical
equipment, call 911 immediately and then notify PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.
Heavy rainfall, flooding, ground saturation and earth movement are
some of the greatest risks to our gas system. Customers should always
call 911 and then PG&E if they smell gas or suspect a leak at their
home or business. PG&E’s gas system is being closely monitored by our
gas experts and our crews are available to make any necessary repairs.
Call 811 before any repairs are made to storm damaged areas. Failing
to do so puts safety at risk and can result in damage to
infrastructure, cause injuries or lead to fines.
During a power outage, use battery-operated flashlights, and not
candles, due to the risk of fire. If you must use candles, please keep
them away from drapes, lampshades, holiday trees and small children.
Do not leave candles unattended.
If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off all electrical
appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards
when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you
when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when
conditions return to normal.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San
Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of
the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and
Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/
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Source: Pacific Gas and Electric Company