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Power outages plague Red Bluff

People living in northeast Red Bluff are frustrated after experiencing a three-days series of blackouts due to high demand.

Posted: Jun 4, 2021 6:35 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - A three-day spree of power outages in Red Bluff have people frustrated and concerned about the hot months ahead.

PG&E told Action News Now that the power outages were due to capacity issues and a higher demand brought on by the heat, but people living in northeast Red Bluff and up and down St. Marys Avenue still have questions.

"I am wondering is this going to happen every day of the week?” said Steve Paulissen, who lost power in Red Bluff.

The three consecutive days of blackouts occurred from around 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

"No water here because we are on a community well, you just can't plan,” said Paulissen.

Not being able to plan made it difficult for neighbors.

"Typically if we have a warning we'll fill our bath tub up with water,” said Scott Isaacson, who also lost power in Red Bluff.

Action News Now asked Paul Moreno, spokesman for PG&E, that if there was not a remedy found on Monday did they anticipate that there were going to be more outages on Tuesday and Wednesday?

“We did look, yes,” said Moreno. “We looked at the temperature, we looked at the load forecast and we looked for ways to work around and try to avoid that. We did find a solution, unfortunately we couldn't implement that solution more quickly."

Neighbors wish they were told sooner.

"It would have been good to get notified because we were kind of in the dark so to speak,” said Isaacson.

PG&E did ultimately notify people before Wednesday’s blackout and worked through the night to solve the problem.

"We installed a cable so that we could provide more capacity to that neighborhood and bring things back to a normal condition,” said Moreno.

A total of 168 people lost power on Monday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday 694 more people lost power.

What can people expect for the rest of this hot summer ahead?

"We want to strive to do better. We do apologize for the situation and we yes, we could have done a better job about proactively communicating to our customers about the situation, but we couldn't predict what was going to be happening each day," said Moreno.

Since PG&E did fix the cable, they do not anticipate more power outages happening in this area, but neighbors living on this street still have their concerns.

"When the real heat comes and the real wind comes are we going to have our power? I am just hoping they fixed everything,” said Paulissen.

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