The following is a statement provided by Deanna Contreras, the Pacific Gas and Electric spokeswoman for the North Coast:
PG&E crews are working safely and as quickly as possible to restore power to all customers in Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties who are impacted by this winter storm. There are about 8200 customers impacted as of 1:15 pm. We are seeing very difficult and hazardous conditions due to downed trees and snow. We are seeing many downed trees that damaged electrical equipment, creating power outages, and blocking roads and creating access issues. Customers will be notified by either text or automated phone call when we assess damage and have an estimated time it will take to make the repairs and power will be restored.
We have all available crews working to access electrical equipment by using all tools at our disposal, including snowcats. When the weather clears, we will use helicopters to patrol the power lines for damage locations. The safety of our customers, crews and communities we serve is our most important responsibility.
A transmission line feeding customers in Covelo is damaged, causing 1,368 customers to lose power just before 6pm Sunday night. Because of the road conditions, we have an estimated time of restoration at 1am in the morning. Customers who have signed up for alerts should have received that estimated time either via text or automated phone call. However, it is just an estimated time for our customers for planning purposes. It could change if there is more damage found during the inspections. For example, damage that can only be spotted from a helicopter.
PG&E is also working to restore power to 1,556 customers in Laytonville, Leggett, Willits and Branscomb after a power outage started at around 10am this morning (Monday).
In Humboldt County, we are working to restore power to approx. 1376 customers in Willow Creek due to a lot of snow and downed trees onto electrical equipment. We are also seeing access issues on Highway 299 that is preventing us from reaching our equipment there.
We are also working to restore power to approx. 2,800 customers in Bridgeville, Burnt Ranch, Garberville, Hoopa, Mad River, Orleans, Ruth, Salyer, Somes Bar and Weichtpec, as there are several locations where power lines and power poles have been damaged by the winter weather.
We will also work with local representatives and community partners to support warming centers should they open.
For outage information, visit www.pge.com/outages.