PG&E is working to transition the Brunswick substation back to it's normal configuration. During this time, customers in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area may lose power. Helicopter inspection of lines throughout the county continues. pic.twitter.com/nFzBllKoQ2
To support customers during the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff, PG&E has opened two Community Resource Center that will be operating from 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. These centers will be “mobile” and will allow for charging of personal items, including medical devices. Due to coronavirus precautions, residents will not be able to congregate at these centers. The centers are located at:
Nevada City Elks Lodge 518 Highway 49 Nevada City, CA 95959
Sierra College Grass Valley Campus 250 Sierra College Drive Grass Valley, CA 95945
The County of Nevada will be providing a Community Resource Center that will feature an indoor, air-conditioned setting with water and ability to charge electronic devices. Under guidance from Public Health, coronavirus precautions will be in place.
This center will be open on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The center is located at:
Madelyn Helling Library 980 Helling Way Nevada City, CA 95959
FROM A PRESS RELEASE:
This morning, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) electric crews will start patrolling in the air, in vehicles and on foot nearly all the power lines that were de-energized starting on Monday for the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event. Once lines are inspected and found free of damage or hazards, PG&E can proceed with restoring power to customers.
More than 3,000 PG&E personnel will patrol and inspect some 10,750 miles of transmission and distribution power lines today, which is equivalent to travelling from San Francisco to Tokyo and back.
Patrols start when the severe weather has subsided enough to make it “all clear” for crews on foot and in aircraft to do inspections of lines.
Restoration for the vast majority of customers impacted by this PSPS event is expected to be completed by the end of the day Wednesday.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the “all clear” was given for portions of four counties. PG&E meteorologists confirmed the “all clear” for many other counties overnight, meaning ground and helicopter inspections will start at daylight today. The “all clear” for portions of a few remaining counties is expected around 9 a.m. this morning.
Restoration may be delayed for some customers if crews are required to fix significant damage to individual lines, which could be caused by wind-blown branches and other debris. Also, restoration could be slowed if there is too much smoke from nearby fires to permit safe air inspections by PG&E’s helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
This PSPS decision was necessary because of the significant fire risk posed by the dry, hot weather with very strong winds and dry vegetation. The shutoff impacted approximately 172,000 customers in portions of 22 counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Mariposa, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne and Yuba.
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