City of Winters preparing for extreme heat, potential rolling brown outs

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Winters and surrounding areas are forecasted to see extreme triple-digit temperatures for the next few days. City of Winters staff are encouraging residents to take steps to prevent heat illnesses and to conserve power during peak high-heat times.

Winters City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa told the Express the ISO electrical grid issued flex alerts advising people there is a potential for rolling brown outs between 4–9 p.m. beginning Wednesday.

“Please stay safe over the next the week. Check in on elderly neighbors or those living alone or without A/C, and call 911 in the event of an emergency,” Trepa said.

Trepa shared the following tips:

Heat Illness Prevention

  • Avoid physical outdoor activities during high heat, from 1–6 p.m.
  • Stay inside or in the shade to the degree possible; drink lots of water; avoid direct sun; and wear sunscreen, loose fitting clothing, and a wide brimmed hat if you are outside.
  • Know the symptoms of heat stress, heat exhaustion, and what to do. For information, click here. Heat stroke can be fatal.

Places to Cool Down
The highest temperatures are forecasted on Sunday through Tuesday

  • Sunday: Bobbie Greenwood Pool: 1:30–5:30 p.m. Admission is free, all fees are waived. Winters Community Library: 1–5 p.m.
  • Monday: Bobbie Greenwood Pool: 1:30–5:30 p.m. (new hours). Admission is free, all fees are waived. Winters Community Library: 1–5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Winters Community Library: 8 a.m.–8 p.m.

The pool and library are co-located at 708 Railroad Ave.

Trepa gave warning about potential areas of Putah Creek having fast-moving water.

“For those who are thinking about taking a dip in Putah Creek, portions of the Creek have a very quick current and lots of tree roots that can entangle swimmers who are swept away,” Trepa said. “Do not enter areas of the creek you are not familiar with. Use the buddy system. Never swim alone. You swim at your own risk.”

Rolling Brown Outs
The City’s Pacific Gas & Election (PG&E) Co. liaison said brown outs may occur between 4–9 p.m., and most likely between 5–7 p.m. and will not last more than one hour. More info can be found on the PG&E website here.
To sign up for a flex alert, visit www.flexalert.org.

“Please conserve power as much as possible to help avoid these black outs,” Trepa said. “Big ones include turning up the thermostat to above 78, closing windows and blinds, using major appliances early in the morning, turn off unused appliances and lights. Charge up phones, devices, etc before 4 p.m.”

Portable Chargers for Medical Equipment
Residents who need a portable charger for medical devices can visit the City Hall Conference Room on Abbey Street entrance between 3–4 p.m. on Thursday.

Chargers will be signed out on a first come, first served basis for use during the heat wave and can be returned later next week. The chargers can be charged with a car port or plugged in at home prior to an outage.

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