Camp Fire survivors talk about PG&E's underground power line plan

This week PG&E revealed a plan to rebuild underground powerlines, a plan the utility company says will take over five years. Action News Now reporter Laura Eng explains the details of the plan.

Posted: May 23, 2019 11:06 PM
Updated: May 23, 2019 11:13 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- This week PG&E revealed a plan to rebuild underground powerlines, a plan the utility company says will take over five years. Action News Now reporter Laura Eng explains the details of the plan.

"I was surprised because they've all put new lines in, took my trees down to put new lines in and now you're going to change your mind, and now my trees are gone," said Mare Reasons, a Camp Fire survivor.

This week PG&E outlined its new plan to install underground powerlines on the ridge. Some Camp Fire survivors told Action News Now it doesn't change what happened.

"I'm just looking forward you know, I'm just looking forward to having my home, living in the pine trees, touching my red dirt," said Reasons. 

The utility says the 'underground rebuild' would replace 74 miles of damaged natural gas lines. The system would require designing around existing water and drainage systems.

Other survivors told Action News Now, it's just a little too late.

"Just not gonna take effect of what was lost to everybody, all the locals. Everybody that came up here to start a new life that had to restart from the Carr Fire, it's just not going to take effect for anything that's coming," said Britney Gonzales, a Camp Fire survivor.

In the meantime, PG&E will install temporary overhead service in order to provide electricity to people in the community.

PG&E still has not released an estimate for how much the project will cost. 

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