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Update at 6:30 p.m.: One of the PG&E outages blamed on a small critter has been mitigated while some customers in the other outage could be without power until Thursday.

The electricity is back on for an outage in the Crystal Falls area that was impacting around 55 customers in the 21,200 block of Crestview Drive near Evergreen Way and Crystal Falls Drive. In this outage, a crew found a smoking power line above and a dead squirrel below attributing that as the cause for the outage. Customers were without lights from 2:45 p.m. until about 5:50 p.m.

PG&E is reporting the lights have also been restored to most of the 132 customers in an earlier outage in Sonora. Their lights went out just after noon along Blue Bell Road and Buttercup Court, off Tuolumne Road near Standard Road. However, a handful of customers remain without power and will have to wait until tomorrow for the electricity to turn back on as the utility is giving a 2 a.m. estimated repair time. The company has not yet revealed a cause for the outage.

Update at 4:30 p.m.: PG&E has pushed back the restoration time on the first of two outages in the Sonora area. The new estimated repair time for 132 customers in Sonora off Tuolumne Road is now 5:45 p.m. There is still no cause determined for this outage. Further details on both outages are below.

Update at 3:45 p.m.: There is a new power outage in the Crystal Falls area and a small critter is being blamed for the lights going out for over 50 PG&E customers.

This is the second power outage today, earlier another outage impacted 132 customers in Sonora off Tuolumne Road, as detailed below. The latest outage is in the 21,200 block of Crestview Drive near Evergreen Way and Crystal Falls Drive. The utility reports that 55 customers are without power and the estimated repair time is 6 p.m.

The outage was first reported to PG&E as a “blown transformer.” Once on the scene, crew members found a dead squirrel lying on the grown and above a smoking power line.

Original post at 2 p.m.: Sonora, CA — PG&E is reporting 132 customers in Sonora are without power. Those impacted are along Blue Bell Road and Buttercup Court, off Tuolumne Road near Standard Road. The lights went out right afternoon today.

The utility details that a crew is at the scene of the outage and is currently assessing its cause. The estimated restoration time given by the company is 3:45 p.m.

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