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PG&E SHUTDOWN: PG&E says power will stay on for Nevada County

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UPDATE 12:18 P.M.:

From Brandi Merlo, spokesperson for PG&E:

Due to improving weather conditions, 83,000 customers originally expected to lose power for safety are no longer part of this Public Safety Power Shutoff. Power will NOT be shut off in: El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Yuba and western Sonoma County.

The weather models in advance of this wind event were extremely variable – showing the possibility for either a rain event or a dry offshore wind event. Given what we knew 48 hours out—which is when we want to first alert customers about a possible PSPS—power lines serving about 300,000 customers met our criteria for shutoff. With the changing weather conditions in real time, lines serving about 83,000 customers no longer meet our criteria for shutoff. We received precipitation in these areas and are observing high humidity levels from weather stations there.

We are continuing to monitor the weather. Approximately 14,000 customers in Butte, Plumas, Tehama and Yuba could still be affected.

This is the second driest start to the water year, which begins Oct. 1, in the last hundred years.


PG&E has announced power will remain on for Nevada County, according to the Office of Emergency Services.


The Nevada Local Agency Formation Commission meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 21, will be relocated to the Penn Valley Fire Protection District Boardroom at Station 43, located at 10513 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley (phone number 530.432.2630), due to the power shutoff.

The meeting includes two public hearings scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible:

Item 4.1 City of Grass Valley: Gilmore and Scotten Schools Sphere of Influence Amendment and Annexation

Item 4.2 Nevada Irrigation District: Annexation – East Bennett Street Properties

UPDATE 9:56 A.M.:

PG&E has opened two Community Resource Centers which will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through full re-energization, according to the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services.

The CRCs will provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging stations, non-perishable snacks, ice, blankets upon request, and warm venue.

Locations include:
• Sierra College: 250 Sierra College Dr, Grass Valley, CA
• Nevada City Elks Lodge: 518 CA-49, Nevada City, CA

UPDATE 9:46 A.M.:

County facilities will be open if a PSPS event is implemented, according to the Office of Emergency Services. County services in the following offices are continuing as usual, although some services may be limited due to access to power:
• Assessor’s Office
• Human Resources
• Board of Supervisors/ Clerk of the Board Office
• County Executive Office
• Behavioral Health
• Auditor-Controller
• Agricultural Commissioner
• Environmental Health
• District Attorney
• Treasurer/Tax-Collector
• Public Health
• Grass Valley Library
• Public Works
• Planning
• Social Services/Eligibility
• Building
• Juvenile Hall

The following buildings/offices will be closed to the public due to lack of access to power if a PSPS is implemented, however staff in these departments will continue to provide services remotely at alternative work stations:
• Public Defender
• Probation
• Clerk Recorder
• Madelyn Helling Library
• Bear River Library
• Penn Valley Library
• Doris Foley Library

UPDATE 9:41 A.M.:

From an email to The Union:

Despite the fact that there’s no school today there will be Code Night tonight, from 6:30pm-8pm, in the Bear River Theater for all winter sport athletes and their parents. Attendance at Code Night is mandatory for all athletes that want to play a winter sport. Again, Code Night is on for this evening at 6:30pm in the Theater as Bear River has not been affected by the power outage. Thank you.

UPDATE 9:20 A.M.:

The only Nevada County schools open today include the Penn Valley and Pleasant Ridge school districts, according to Superintendent of Schools Scott Lay. Additionally, Lay said Sierra College (and its child development center), Bitney Prep High School and Washington School are also open.

“We will be monitoring the event closely and will maintain communication with you surrounding future school days,” assistant superintendent with the Nevada Joint Union High School District Dan Frisella wrote in an email to The Union. “We apologize again for the inconvenience and we wish the best for you and your families during this round of power outages.”

UPDATE 8:42 A.M.:

PG&E says it’s delayed Nevada County’s power shutoff until 11 a.m. today, according to the county’s Office of Emergency Services.

Some government agencies intend to continue operating despite the planned shutoff. The Nevada City Planning Commission will hold its 1:30 p.m. Thursday meeting regardless.

UPDATE 8:29 A.M.:

The “anticipated power shutoff start time” for Nevada County is 7 a.m., according to PG&E’s website, which was updated at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The communities in Nevada County expected to be impacted include Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready and Washington. The number of total PG&E customers expected to be impacted was updated to 25,929. It is estimated that 1,010 of those impacted customers are “medical baseline customers.”

As of 8:32 a.m., The Union office in the Glenbrook Basin of Grass Valley still had power.


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