PG&E customers prepare for another round of blackouts

PG&E customers are gearing up for yet another round of blackouts. Action News Now spoke with a Camp Fire survivor in Paradise who says this just makes the challenges his community already faces more difficult.

Posted: Nov 19, 2019 11:15 PM

PARADISE, Calif.-- PG&E customers are gearing up for yet another round of blackouts. Action News Now spoke with a Camp Fire survivor in Paradise who says this just makes the challenges his community already faces more difficult.

"It's putting us through more hardship than we already are," said Brannon Pruis, a Camp Fire survivor.

Pruis described the new normal in Paradise.

"They're just pumping the gas out of the gas stations into their gas cans to make sure they have some sort of comfort from a generator while we're dealing with all these power outages. It's ridiculous," Pruis said. 

Pruis is able to keep his trailer powered, thanks to a generator, but it comes at a significant cost.

"The travel expenses, you know, your normal family travel or your commute, allocate that money for the month, now you have to add more cause now you have to have gas for the generator," Pruis said.

The Pruis family lost power four times in these blackouts. They say they've spent about $300 to fuel and maintain their generator.

In the meantime, the family is stocking up with supplies to last them for the next blackout.

"Something happens and the batteries die, we don't have water pumping through the trailers, we've got water to drink and bottled water," Pruis said.

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