[Power Restored] Power Out to About 2000 in Northeastern Humboldt
About 2000 customers are without power in northeastern Humboldt Wednesday evening after the electricity went out to an area between Somes Bar and Orleans and then, later, to a larger area which included Hoopa and Weitchpec, according to Deanna Contreras, spokesperson for PG&E.
“The first area lost power about 3:20 p.m.,” she said. “The outage was originally the approximately 400 customers between Orleans and Somes Bar. In order to isolate the problem, we de-energized another 1500 customers. We don’t know the cause yet but we are still investigating. The crews are working to restore power safely…The 1500 [who lost power later] should be restored in the next 30 minutes I’m guessing.”
The 400 to 500 that lost power originally have no estimated time of restoral yet, she said.
UPDATE: According to Deanna Contreras, a spokesperson for PG&E,
The safety of our customers, crews and communities we serve is our top priority. PG&E crews responded to an outage yesterday (Wednesday, Nov 29) around 3:20 p.m. in which approximately 500 customers were impacted. In order to determine the cause and isolate where the problem occurred, we had to de-energize approximately 1500 additional customers. Customers in Hoopa, Weitchpec, Hoopa, Orleans and Somes Bar were affected. Crews found the cause to be a tree in the line at Fish Lake Road and Highway 96 in Weitchpec. Power was restored safely and as quickly as possible to the 1500 customers by 6:00 p.m. and the original 500 customers were restored by 3:40 a.m. this morning.