Pacific Gas and Electric confirmed an “all clear” for nearly all areas impacted by the October 29 Public Safety Power Shutoff. Crews began safety inspections and repairs Wednesday morning ahead of restoring power. Kern County is expected to be “all clear” Thursday morning. Inspection and restoration remains underway for those affected by the October 26 PSPS. Of the 973,000 customers in 38 counties, 365,000 remain out of power, including those affected by the October 29 PSPS – 723,000 have been restored as of 10:00 a.m.
“We very much appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to restore electric service safely and as quickly as possible,” stated Senior Vice President for Electric Operations Michael Lewis. “We recognize the disruption and hardship these shutoffs cause, especially when they happen in quick succession due to the current weather pattern. However, we only execute Public Safety Power Shutoffs in the interest of preventing catastrophic wildfires and protecting public safety, given the severe winds and bone-dry conditions in more and more of our communities.”
Over 6,300 personnel and 46 helicopters have been deployed for the restoration process and PG&E has acquired mutual assistance from approximately 1,100 electric workers from other utilities. Community Resource Centers will remain from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until power has been restored. CRCs are located at Mace Meadows Golf Course, 26570 Fairway Drive in Pioneer, Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish, 11361 Prospect Drive in Jackson, for Amador County.
Calaveras has CRCs at Black Bart Players, 580 South Algiers Street in Murphys; Meadowmont Shopping Center, 2182 Highway 4 in Arnold; and at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3322, 202 Spink Road in West Point. PG&E stated it does not expect another PSPS in the next seven days, but urged everyone to restock their emergency kits, supplies and fuel that was depleted during the recent power shutoffs.