PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff likely to occur from today until Thursday | TheUnion.com

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff likely to occur from today until Thursday

Sam Corey and Elias Funez
Staff Writer and Multimedia Reporter

Over 29,000 Nevada County customers are expected to be impacted by a PG&E power shutoff today, according to the electric and gas company’s latest update.

Those possibly affected include customers living and working in Emigrant Gap, Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready and Washington, according to PG&E.

Nevada County residents may begin to lose power at 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to an update from the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services.

PG&E may receive the “weather all clear” to begin restoring power to customers at 8 a.m. Thursday, according to the update.

The information PG&E shared with the office of emergency services did not accompany an explanation as to why the power shutoff may begin earlier in Nevada County Wednesday, said Jenn Tamo, administrative analyst with the office of emergency services.

“It’s so dynamic but we’re attempting to communicate as best we can,” she said.

The National Weather Service of Sacramento issued a Red Flag Warning between 4 a.m. today until 7 a.m. Thursday due to wind gusts predicted between 40 and 50 miles per hour stretching from Redding, Chico and Sacramento. Notably, the warning and wind gusts do not include Nevada County, according to the weather service. Locally, wind gusts are predicted to reach 20 to 25 mph today.

PG&E will be opening community resource centers from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. The locations include 250 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley and the Nevada City Elks Lodge off of Highway 49 in Nevada City, according to the county office of emergency services.

Nevada County will also be opening a warming shelter from 4 p.m. today until 8 a.m. Thursday at 236 S. Church Street in Grass Valley, according to the same update. A total of 25 cots will be provided.

On Tuesday, some were trying to get gas before the power went out.

“I’ve been to six stores and I got the last five gallon (gas) can here,” said Grass Valley native Dionicio Torres.

Torres, along with many others, was shopping around the B&C Ace Home & Garden Center Tuesday evening gathering items to prepare for the upcoming shutoff.

“I got the generator last time,” he said. “It’s just confusing. Now just like me, everyone is scrambling to get all the accessories that go with it.”

To contact Staff Writer Sam Corey email scorey@theunion.com or call 530-477-4219.


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