SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the first wave of dry, windy weather passed, PG&E is set to begin safety inspections to restore power in the North Bay to approximately 1,600 customers. However, the second wave of weather will impact some 26,900 customers in the Sierra Foothills.
The cut, which will impact portions of Butte, Yuba, Nevada, El Dorado and Placer Counties, will begin in those communities at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 8.
WHERE POWER WILL BE SHUT OFF
- Butte County: Portions of Paradise, Oroville, Bangor, Forest Ranch, Chico, Berry Creek, Palermo
- Yuba County: Portions of Browns Valley, Oregon House, Marysville, Wheatland, Rackerby
- Nevada County: Portions of Auburn, Grass Valley, Smartville, Rough and Ready, Penn Valley
- El Dorado County: Portions of Pilot Hill, Greenwood, Georgetown, Cool
- Placer County: Portions of Lincoln
Forecasts for the extreme weather conditions are expected to last through noon on Sunday, June 9, according to a statement sent out by PG&E.
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PG&E said that customers will soon be contacted about the shutoff by phone, email and text.
“Our Wildfire Safety Operations Center continues to monitor the weather in the Sierra Foothills and throughout our service area," the utility said, adding that to better serve customers they ask the following:
We want to make sure all of our customers in these areas are prepared for a Public Safety Power Shutoff by doing the following:
- Update your contact information with PG&E at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or via phone at 1-866-7436589 during normal business hours.
- Have a personal safety plan and review your emergency kits - make sure to have flashlights, batteries, cash and first aid supplies.
- Plan for medical needs ahead of the power shutoff.
- Plan for backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
- Check in with young or elderly family members and don't forget about pets.
Customers can access a live outage map here or tap this link to enter your address to see if you will be affected.
The 1,600 North Bay customers who first faced power shutoffs aren't in the clear quite yet. Before their power can be restored PG&E must complete safety inspections. Here's how the utility outlines that process:
- PG&E crews patrol the area and inspect the electric infrastructure prior to power being restored.
- That process begins as soon as the extreme weather had passed, and it is safe to do so.
- Inspections take place during daylight hours and, in most cases, PG&E expects to be able to restore power within 24 to 48 hours after the extreme weather has passed, though weather conditions or repairs may impact restoration times.