A power outage is affecting Ukiah residents this evening, according to both social media traffic and confirmed by a dispatcher at Ukiah Police Department.
A resident contacted us and told us he spotted a mylar balloon in the powerlines near his home. A city utility worker at the scene confirmed to the resident that the outage was a result of the mylar balloon and resulted in a blown fuse.
The number of customers experiencing the outage is unclear. PG&E’s outage map does not reflect conditions in Ukiah because it runs on an independent, municipal grid.
A number of social media posts are reporting a loud boom was heard before the lights went out.
Ukiah residents: did you lose power? If you did, where are you located approximately? Help MendoFever map this evening’s power outage.
UPDATE 9:20 p.m.: A reader is reporting their power is out near the 600 block of North State Street on the west side of the street, but on the east side of State Street lights are on.
Another reader reports there is no power on North Oak Street, and they heard two large booms before the power went out.
UPDATE 9:27 p.m.: A Ukiah resident told us their power is back after crews moved to the corner of North Oak and Gibson to replace the blown fuse.
This resident told us power is back on. Comment below if you can confirm.