Update: OES Provides Update On Calaveras Outages
Update at 5:45 p.m.: PG&E is reporting that the number of those without power in the latest power shut off is just over 11,000. There remain 22 addresses in Calaveras County along Highway 4 stretching from Cottage Springs up to the Big Meadow area. The utility has posted a 9 p.m. restoration time.
The utility reports that during this latest round of line inspections more than 6,300 PG&E personnel and contractors along with more than 45 helicopters are deployed and supporting the restoration process. The company adds that nearly 830 electric workers from other utilities across the U.S. have aided them with those inspections and repairs.
Update at 3pm: The latest PG&E power shut off is near a close as the company reports that of the statewide 328,255 customers who lost electricity in the most recent planned power shutoff, just over 17,000 remain without electricity. Of them, 22 customer addresses remain without power for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) power shutdown. They are concentrated along the Highway 4 Corridor from Cottage Springs up to the Big Meadow area. The utility has posted a 9 p.m. restoration time.
The company also reports that there were 143 incidents of damage or other hazards to the electric system identified in this latest PSPS and they expect that number to climb. PG&E officials state “It is these types of damages or other hazards that could lead to wildfire ignitions if power lines are not de-energized.”
News Director BJ Hansen contributed the details below.
Update at 11:40am: PG&E reports that of the statewide 328,255 customers who lost electricity in the most recent planned power shutoff, 36,745 are still without electricity. All of the customers in Tuolumne County are restored and the remaining customers in Calaveras should be restored by midday.
Original story posted at 9:53am: Railroad Flat, CA — While all of the PG&E planned outages were restored in Tuolumne County yesterday, there are still some customers waiting to be restored in Calaveras County.
Calaveras County Office of Emergency Services Coordinator John Osbourn reports that 97-percent of the Calaveras customers have been restored. The areas without power include parts of Glencoe, Railroad Flat, West Point and Rich Gulch. PG&E hopes to have the final customers restored by midday.
There are also 182 customers in the Forest Meadows community without power and PG&E says it is unrelated to the planned shutoff. The company is investigating the cause of that outage and there is not currently an estimated restoration time. The Community Resource Centers in West Point and Arnold will remain open until there is full restoration.
Osbourn adds that PG&E is not projecting any additional planned outages during the current seven-day weather forecast.