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Paradise residents react to late October PG&E blackout

The new reality, PG&E blackouts impacting nearly a million people.

Posted: Oct 26, 2019 6:39 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2019 8:56 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The new reality, PG&E blackouts are impacting nearly a million people.

"There's a lot of adjustment it adds a lot of stress to our already stressful situation here," said Ken Blanton, the co-owner of Integrity Builders.

Blanton said the PG&E blackouts are bad for business.

"It's super challenging and then we get behind in our work and then we cant reach these insurance companies and adjusters it just goes on and on. It started trickling down it's backing us up in our office for sure," Blanton said. 

PG&E said shutoffs will begin Saturday and impact nearly a million customers.

"I think if it's going to be the norm they need to make sure that the phone systems are all up they need to make sure the wifi and internet are up. They should be mandating that they go in that's happening," Blanton said.

Living in Paradise for three years, Tamela Morgan said the blackout is affecting her weekend errands.

"It's an inconvenience not just for me I'm sure for everybody. I had laundry to do today, my boyfriend needed his work clothes, school clothes, what not. I couldn't get them done because of the outage," Morgan said.

Morgan said her boyfriend is trying to become a doctor but he can't do homework without power.

"You can't do it very well without lights. Yeah we have a generator but it doesn't power everything we need," Morgan said.

Blanton said the blackouts are not only slowing down construction to build these new homes. He is also worried that people will get discouraged to rebuild on the ridge.

"It's starting to concern me that it's discouraging to people. I'm up here and it stresses me out being here just trying to run a business and stuff. I'm afraid it is going to discourage people and it shouldn't," Blanton said.

Gavin Vanduzer said the blackouts are the new norm on the ridge.

"I think we will get used to them but no one is really happy about it. It's kind of hindering a lot of business and work that's going on to rebuild Paradise," Vanduzer said. 

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