PG&E: power shutoff could impact 264,000 customers Wednesday, including 30,000 in Nevada County |

PG&E: power shutoff could impact 264,000 customers Wednesday, including 30,000 in Nevada County

PG&E began notifying its customers Monday of a possible safety power shutoff Wednesday.

The news is directly relevant for about 264,000 customers, including over 30,000 in Nevada County, according to a news release from PG&E.

If a shutoff is implemented, de-energizing Nevada County will likely begin at 2 p.m., according to a tweet from the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services. That information was passed along from PG&E’s most recent situation report, said Jenn Tamo, administrative analyst with the county Office of Emergency Services.

Tamo said the office will update its information on its web page and on social media platforms as Wednesday approaches.

“We want to try and keep local folks updated,” said Tamo.

The communities in Nevada County expected to be impacted by the possible upcoming shutoffs include: Emigrant Gap, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Norden, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Soda Springs and Washington, according to PG&E’s website.

In Colfax, the mayor is preparing to drive his pickup truck or RV with built-in generators around the area to provide power to those who need it, according to KCRA reporting.

In Nevada County, the Office of Emergency Services urged PG&E to return generators that powered parts of Grass Valley during the last power shutoff. As such, the grid that was previously powered will likely again have power Wednesday, said Nevada County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pettitt, Office of Emergency Services manager. His office has been most concerned with messaging leading up to the days of the possible shutoff.

Pettitt said the office has yet to decide whether to open up its emergency operations center.

In previous shutoffs, Pettitt said fewer individuals were prepared for shutoffs, but now people have grown more accustomed to them. They have begun taking earlier precaution: filling up their cars with gas, putting batteries in flashlights, radios and smoke detectors and ensuring their generators are fully fueled, said Pettitt.

According to PG&E, if a decision is made to turn off power, the company says it will attempt to contact those living in these communities, via telephone, text and email. Outages (weather event plus restoration time) could last longer than 48 hours. For planning purposes, PG&E suggests customers prepare for outages that could last several days.

To contact Staff Writer Sam Corey email or call 530-477-4219.

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