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Nearly 5K PG&E customers lose power during hours-long outage in Georgetown

"I have a small generator, and I have to run that. My husband's got COPD, so he's on oxygen - so I have to keep that machine running," said Cindy Corvello.

GEORGETOWN, Calif. — The heat is taking a different type of toll on communities that are losing power for hours and hours at a time. 

Residents in Georgetown said they are beyond frustrated with the situation. 

"It's miserable. It's very humid," said Patrick McGinnis, who is a resident and a business owner of a lock shop in Georgetown.  

He and other residents are dealing with sweltering heat. 

"It's terrible. It's the only way I can put it," said David Konz, who is also a resident of Georgetown. 

However, despite the frustrations over the heat, they say it's far worse if you lose power. 

"It flip-flopped all night last night on who had power and didn't have power. And it's I think the fifth outage in the last week," said McGinnis. 

PG&E says there were two separate outages in several places that altogether affected around 5,000 customers. Both started Sunday night and were fully restored Monday morning. 

Cindy Corvello, the general manager for Georgetown Hotel, says it's a hassle to deal with when you don't have a generator automatically kick on. 

"It really affects the business up here because we don't have lights, you don't have a register... it gets really bad," Corvello said. 

Corvello worries about her business, but she's also worried about her husband at home. 

"I have a small generator and I have to run that. My husband's got COPD, so he's on oxygen. So, I have to keep that machine running, then he's got tanks for nighttime. So yeah, it gets to be taxing at times," said Corvello.

Residents and business owners of Georgetown say they've essentially learned how to deal with the power outages, but it still puts them in a pretty tough position.

"There's a lot of people up country that they're suffering big from this because they have no way of getting power. They have no means of anything or they can't get a generator. They can't start a generator, so if somebody doesn't go check on them, they're sitting there sweating to death," said McGinnis. 

While there isn't much they feel they can do about the outages, they'd like PG&E to give them more information. 

"They could probably let you know a little bit more, I think. For instance last night on my friend's phone, it said it should come back on at 12 o'clock. Well, at midnight, it didn't come back on. It didn't come back on pretty much most of the day," said Konz. 


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