How cities are preparing for power outages

Many communities and counties will be affected by the PG&E public safety power shut off.

Posted: Oct 8, 2019 5:53 PM
Updated: Oct 8, 2019 11:22 PM

BUTTE AND TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - Many communities and counties will be affected by the PG&E public safety power shut off.

Oroville City Administrator Bill Lagrone said they're preparing operations in the field.

All traffic lights will be turned to flashing red by tonight - and stop signs are posted.

Crews are pumping out all holding wells and making sure backup generators work.

Lagrone said they're prepared to take it as it comes.

Red Bluff City Manager Rick Crabtree said they've added staff to their 24/7 police fire and public works departments.

They staged intersections signs and stop signs in case they have to convert to manual traffic signals.

And Crabtree said they're keeping their water tanks and water supply full overnight.

The Butte County Sheriff's Department said they're bringing on additional personnel to assist with extra patrols.

The department said they wouldn't say they're worried or expecting more crime.

They just want to be prepared with more bodies to help out.

Paradise Police Chief Reinbold said they topped off fuel this morning to keep power to their department during the shutoff.

They also installed a fiber-optic switch to keep communication up.

Reinbold said to be aware of possible trees falling down from the wind and road closures.

And there is a potential for crime when the power is out because alarm systems might not work.

But Reinbold said the Paradise Police Department will continue to prioritize patrolling businesses and residential areas.

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