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Paradise couple preparing for power shutoff after just returning to the Ridge

People who live on the ridge are among those without power Tuesday morning. Action News Now spoke with a longtime couple that just moved back after the Camp Fire, to see how they prepared.

Posted: Sep 8, 2020 10:41 AM
Updated: Sep 8, 2020 10:41 AM

PARADISE, Calif. – People who live on the ridge are among those without power Tuesday morning.

Chuck and Janie Dees have never experienced a power safety shutoff before. Action News Now spoke with a longtime couple that just moved back after the Camp Fire, to see how they prepared.

Down a dirt road is an RV parked on a plot of land where a home once stood, until the Camp Fire.

“We spent our first night on our property last night, since November 7 of 2018,” said Chuck Dee.

The couple is currently rebuilding their retirement home. The couple has been inseparable for nearly 60 years. Chuck and Janie cannot imagine living anywhere else but Paradise.

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“We go RVing and when we’re headed home, headed up the hill, one of my favorite sayings was ‘are you smiling now?’ and I would be,” the Dees said.

The couple continues to smile through everything – even potential power shutoffs.

"Well myself, I am not looking forward to it," shares Chuck.

The Dees worked to do their best to conserve energy over the past few days. “It’s going to be warm again and a lack of air conditioning isn’t what you might call welcoming,” said Chuck.

So unwelcoming that their neighbors graciously allowed them to use their power and water until they get their own.

“Steve, our neighbor here, just went out yesterday and bought a generator,” said Chuck.

But if PG&E performs a power safety shutoff – Chuck said it will not be enough. The couple said they have a generator waiting for them, however it’s two and a half hours away.

Whatever challenges they face – Chuck and Janie say they will get through those too.

Up until now, the Dees said that after the Camp Fire destroyed their home, they have been staying near Palm Springs and Western Colusa County.

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