Thursday, October 17, 2019

Large Power Outage in SoHum

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 10:44 AM

UPDATE:

Power was restored around 10:50 a.m.

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A widespread outage in Southern Humboldt has left 4,200 PG&E customers without power and forced Southern Humboldt Unified School District to shutter its campuses for the day, with power expected to be out until this afternoon.

Power went out last night at 11:09 p.m. to almost all of the Southern Humboldt region. While PG&E had planned maintenance in the area today, a company spokesperson says the outage is unrelated — noting it is also not a part of any of the company's planned Public Safety Power Shutoffs — and the company has helicopters, which took off as soon as the fog lifted this morning, out checking lines from Bridgeville to Garberville.
click to enlarge SCREENSHOT OF PG&E'S OUTAGE MAP
  • Screenshot of PG&E's outage map
“Multiple personnel are in the area working on the issue,” the spokesperson said, adding that the outage appears to stem from a pocket of outages in the Leggett area.

According to the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services, “The Humboldt Alert test scheduled for 10:17 this morning has been canceled due to the unscheduled power outage in southern Humboldt. Drills and notification tests are always subject to cancellation if the message or activity may be confusing during a real event.”

PG&E representative Deanna Contreras sent the following press release:


PG&E’s Humboldt Division has activated its local OEC (operations emergency centers) to respond to the outages currently impacting about 4,300 customers, mostly in Southern Humboldt.  The number is fluctuating, as crews work to restore power safely and as quickly as possible.  There are 1,412 customers with Garberville addresses currently being impacted.  The school district is one of them.  1,026 of those customers have Redway addresses.
Crews are still investigating the cause of the outage but we do know it started just after 11:00 pm last night and this is a transmission-level outage, impacting a couple substations, including the Garberville substation.  (Meaning, a transmission line, the higher-voltage lines that carry power to the substations, is being impacted and causing the outages).
There are two planned outages  today, west of Laytonvile along Branscomb Road, for maintenance. 127 customers should’ve received letters about the work. And another one in Ferndale impacting 8 customers.
You can always call the hotline and the overnight folks will get you an answer right away if you need an answer sooner.
Here are the number of customers who are being impacted by the unplanned outage, per address, but again, the numbers fluctuate as crews work to switch power from line-to-line:
Adlerpoint
167
Blocksburg
87
Bridgeville
32
Ettersburg
4
Eureka
2
Ferndale
8
Fort Seward
3
Garberville
1412
Harris
2
Honeydew
52
Miranda
448
Myers Flat
333
Petrolia
286
Phillipsville
139
Redcrest
10
Redway
1026
Trinidad
22
Weott
41
Whitehorn
223

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