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Local business at risk of losing thousands due to PG&E power shut-off

One restauranteur says he expects to take a large financial hit if the power goes out.

Posted: Oct 10, 2019 3:46 AM
Updated: Oct 10, 2019 3:50 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - PG&E's public power safety shut-offs continued Wednesday night, putting local businesses at risk of losing thousands of dollars. 

Action News Now caught up with the owners of Sophia's Thai Cuisine in Paradise. The restaurant is one of two back open on the ridge since the Camp Fire. Sophia's is now being powered by a generator during the shut-off. 

"If I don't have a generator, I'd lose about $6,000," said Lok Keobouahom, co-owner of Sophia's. 

Lok estimates an additional $10,000 loss if an outage caused his water tank to lose pressure. Pressure, he says, is what keeps contaminants from fire- corroded pipes at bay. 

"I [would] have to shut down the restaurant for re-inspection, re- prep all the food, everything," Keobouahom said. He would also have to have his potable water retested. 

Action News Now also spoke with diners at the restaurant about PG&E's efforts at fire prevention.

"I think prevention should have happened years ago," said Shawn Davis, a Camp Fire survivor who returned to live in Paradise. "[PG&E] should have updated their equipment, put poles underground...and we have to suffer the consequences of them not doing their jobs properly."


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