Dec 29, 2014 7:46 PM
Close to half a dozen businesses in North Redding are back up and running after a car hit a pole Monday morning, knocking out power to more than 500 customers.
Most of those customers had their power restored before eight O'clock this morning, but it was an inconvenience for one business that stayed open, making due with no power.
"I got the call at 5:30 this morning, saying power will be out most of the day"
Just an hour earlier, a car speeding down Old Oasis Road crashed into a power pole, knocking out power to Robert Pitari's auto shop, "All Wheel Alignment".
"We are very limited. We can't do a lot of tire work, we can't lift the vehicles up in a hoist..."
So his technicians had to improvise.
Running on just two generators, Pitari kept business going.
Power wasn't supposed to be restored until four O'clock this afternoon -- a full work day -- that would have otherwise been wasted.
"We're using today to do a little reorganization, and there are some jobs we can do without power."
Lubricating wheel bearings on a trailer is one of the most popular jobs at "All Wheel Alignment", and doesn't require any power.
"When it comes to an oil change, a lot of stuff is electrical on the computers, and all the manuals on there..."
A backup manual was inside the RV being worked on, helping technicians get by with the lack of power.
Athough the phones were down, Pitari says his answering service kept his customers in the loop.
"We got about a dozen phone calls, and we were able to stay in communication with our customers...that's the most important thing."
Pitari and his crew may have caught a break today, but they'll be working twice as hard come tomorrow.
"Some guys just might have to start early or end late, whatever it takes to get the job done."
According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, speed was the only factor in that car accident -- the man driving the car walked away from the crash uninjured.