Wind the likely cause of multiple outages

By From page A1 | November 25, 2013

High wind in the county caused many power outages Thursday and Friday.

Brandi Ehlers, PG&E spokesperson, noted, “The wind can wreak a whole bunch of havoc on our system.” She provided numbers of the areas affected by Friday around 2 p.m.

Friday afternoon, 408 customers were affected in Georgetown; 387 in Kyburz were without power; 589 in Twin Bridges; 87 in Pollock Pines; six in Shingle Springs; and only two were affected in Placerville. Though she did not have official causes, as they were still under investigation, Ehlers said she would “bet money they are weather-related.”

One area that did have official word was Twin Bridges. A wire that goes across Highway 50 was down, but had not gone down across the actual highway. Unfortunately, she said, when it was to be repaired later that afternoon, they would have to close traffic down on the highway — probably one lane but even more likely both lanes. Flaggers and CHP were to be used.

She mentioned that other causes were a confirmed tree contact with a wire and a broken pole, and the majority were likely wires that were down.

The previous day saw a high number of outages affecting many in the county.

Cameron Park, she said, had 1,017 affected between just before 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Seven outages in Camino caused 836 customers to rely on candles and flashlights. Georgetown only had 314 without power, the result of seven outages. Six outages in Mt. Aukum affected 932 customers. Pollock Pines had 14 outages affecting 2,982 while Shingle Springs had four outages and 268 houses affected. The second-hardest hit was Placerville with 12 outages affecting 2,982 homes. Somerset was affected the most at 17 outages and 6,341 customers without power.

Cole Mayer

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