Apr 6, 2015 4:43 PM by News Staff
A massive power outage knocked out service to nearly 80,000 Pacific Gas and Electric customers Monday morning.
PG&E officials say the outage was the result of an insulator failing at the Table Mountain substation, and was first reported around 8 a.m. In all 79,000 customers in Chico, Paradise and Magalia were without power for hours Monday, but PG&E crews were able to get service restored to all customers by 12:30 p.m.
The outage forced Chico State officials to close campus until 5 p.m., an announcement on the status of night classes will be made at 2 p.m.
While power was lost at Butte College, school officials said there was enough light to proceed with business as usual and all classes were held at their scheduled time.
Enloe Medical Center was forced to operate on a generator and several clinics were forced to close. Hospital officials say as of noon, the main campus was functioning normally and the Behavioral Health and Prompt Care Clinics remain open and fully operational. Many of Enloe's clinics however are still closed for patient care.
The outage also caused major traffic delays and accidents during the Monday morning commute with several traffic lights going black.
Despite a scare for several people in Chico who became stuck on elevators at the Holiday Inn and the Butte County Courthouse, no injuries have been reported.
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