Winters and western Yolo County could lose power for up to five days starting Wednesday

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Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) will likely conduct a Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS) for up to five days in the City of Winters and large swaths of western Yolo County beginning Oct 9, according to Yolo County officials. Yolo County Communications Coordinator Jennifer Tan said the shut-off, which could affect 5,700 PG&E customers, is planned as a wildfire prevention effort ahead of strong winds and dry weather conditions. The most recent projections suggest the outage will likely last between 24 and 72 hours. “However, depending on weather conditions or if any repairs are needed, outages (weather event plus restoration time) could last up to five days for full restoration. For planning purposes, PG&E suggests customers prepare for multiple-day outages,” Tan said in an email. The Yolo County Office of Emergency Services (Yolo OES) is working with local cities, rural fire districts and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation to prepare for the expected shut-off. The projected areas extend from Allendale Road north through the City of Winters and the unincorporated communities of Madison, Esparto, Guinda, Rumsey, Brooks, and Capay, and west into Napa County and around Lake Berryessa. A full map of the affected areas can be found here. The cities of Davis and Woodland are just east of the projected shut-off zones and are not expected to lose power.  Affected Yolo County residents are advised to sign up for Yolo County Emergency Alerts and PG&E updates. PG&E’s PSPS webpage also offers information on projected shut-offs and information to prepare. Residents should also follow local fire, police and governmental agencies on social media. Additionally, residents can call 211 to access local resources or go to the Yolo County PSPS webpage. PG&E is advising customers in affected areas to make plans for medications that require refrigeration or medical equipment that requires power, identify back-up charging methods for mobile devices, write down emergency phone numbers, stock emergency kits with flashlights, fresh batteries, emergency medical supplies and cash, and check on those who may require assistance, like family members or neighbors who are elderly or have young children and pets. For more information on preparedness, see PG&E’s  Wildfire Safety page. A grass fire in American Canyon burned 526 acres Sunday night before reaching 80-percent containment Monday morning, following repeated red-flag warnings raised in Napa County over the last week. Winters City Manager John Donlevy is advising residents in Winters and the surrounding areas to prepare for the shut-off, which he said he hopes won’t occur. The city is coordinating with the Yolo OES and PG&E to prepare for the shut-off, which is planned in response to high wildfire risk and red-flag warning throughout the region. In a briefing with the Winters Express Tuesday, Donlevy said, “We are actually prepared for this.” The City of Winters will be working in conjunction with Yolo OES to provide services to unincorporated areas and Yolo County Housing projects like the Morgan Street Senior Apartments. The city is working to contact residents in need of special care in the absence of power.  “If they need an assist, we will help them,” Donlevy said in an email. Water and sewage within city limits will be unaffected with generators powering pumps. The city will install a fire hydrant at Valley Oak Drive and Highway 128 for those living near Winters but outside the city limits who need water. The city is also working to devise a system for water delivery to people living in Golden Bear, Positas and unincorporated Yolo County who have difficulty coming to the city or who have livestock. Traffic lights will operate on battery power and blink red to indicate a stop. In the event of a shut-off, City Hall will relocate to the Public Safety Center, however, some non-essential services may be delayed. At this time, additional fire and police staff are not expected. Donlevy said he has contacted PG&E about providing a Community Resource Center, which will offer air conditioning and electronic charging stations. This is a breaking news story, and this article will be updated as the story develops. City Reporter Brandon McCapes is available at brandon@wintersexpress.com.]]>

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  1. This is terrible, we have to go without our utilities that we pay for. What happened with the fires is a horrible nightmare, the problem is that you are not maintaining your responsibility to keep us safe from this happening. So now we all have to suffer your negligence. This is not a 3rd world country this is California, it’s your fault but we the citizens have to pay. Why aren’t any other high risk states going through this? I’m beginning to think it’s a political issue. My daughter needs oxygen, but what? Oh well? You need to get your priorities in order and service your customers safely and continue to support us.

  2. This is terrible, we have to go without our utilities that we pay for. What happened with the fires is a horrible nightmare, the problem is that you are not maintaining your responsibility to keep us safe from this happening. So now we all have to suffer your negligence. This is not a 3rd world country this is California, it’s your fault but we the citizens have to pay. Why aren’t any other high risk states going through this? I’m beginning to think it’s a political issue. My daughter needs oxygen, but what? Oh well? You need to get your priorities in order and service your customers safely and continue to support us.

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