PG&E responds to claim of rickety power line near Paradise

An expert hired by wildfire victims’ attorney found a power line with rusty equipment being held in place by electrical tape.

Posted: Feb 6, 2020 6:16 PM

PARADISE, Calif. – An expert hired by wildfire victims’ attorney found a power line with rusty equipment being held in place by electrical tape.

That independent inspector claims potential hazards were spotted along a transmission line known as “Cresta-Rio Oso."

That transmission line is just 100 yards from the line that caused the deadly Camp Fire.

“I don’t think a lot of people live there and I think that’s probably why it doesn’t have the priority sometimes,” Norita said.

Action News Now reached out to PG&E officials and they said they inspected the power line and found no immediate safety concerns.

RELATED: Victims: PG&E still has rickety power line near Paradise

Officials from PG&E said their inspectors found eight minor issues that they will be repairing.

The expert found electrical tape holding together the line, but PG&E responded to that saying the tape shown on the hook is only used during installation.

PG&E added through its wildfire safety inspection program, they inspected 730,000 transmission and substation structures and over 25 million electrical components in only four months.

“To just think if something like this were to happen again it would really be devastating to the people who live here, there needs to be some kind of safety and certainty for them to start rebuilding,” Camp Fire survivor Jennifer said. “If there’s not it’s going to be really difficult to rebuild this community.”

Company officials are scheduling a time to repair the equipment in question – they will need to take the line out of service in order to do so.

Throughout the inspection process, PG&E addressed and repaired conditions that posted an immediate safety risk right away.

Repairs for other identified conditions will be completed as part of the company’s routine work plan.

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