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Tehama County employees miss day of work due to PG&E power shutoff

Much of the power in Red Bluff is back on Friday, but the two-day blackout closed business, the superior court and St. Elizabeth’s Community Hospital.

Posted: Oct 11, 2019 7:20 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - Much of the power in Red Bluff is back on Friday, but the two-day blackout closed business, the superior court and St. Elizabeth’s Community Hospital.


County employees Friday say the lack of power forced them to close most of their offices on Thursday.


Bill Goodwin, the chief administrator of Tehama County says nearly 900 county employees were impacted by the PG&E blackout.


They relied on generators to power the sheriff’s office, juvenile hall and health services leaving county offices without generators.


Employees still worked on Wednesday but on Thursday offices were closed due to low water pressure.


Action News Now asked one man who works for the county if the outage bothered him.


“It’s always an inconvenience when you don’t have power I mean you know you can’t run computers. Cell phones may or may not work. I know some services went down,” said Sean Houghtby, an employee of the county.


“We had the employees come in on Wednesday and they basically did what they could do without computers without lights which kept them busy for most of the day,” Goodwin said.


Goodwin says employees have to take a vacation day if they want to be compensated for Thursday, roll over any overtime or just not get paid.


Action News Now asked PG&E spokesperson, Denny Boyles, if people who were forced to take a vacation day or didn’t get paid during the outage will be reimbursed.


Boyles said “what we tell customers is they’re always welcome to file a claim and then claims are reviewed on an individual basis. But there’s not typically, you know, it’s not built into public safety shut off to compensate for lost food or anything else really.”


Goodwin also says since Tehama County Superior Court was closed during the outage, the county’s case hearings were backed up.

If you would like to learn how to file a claim with PG&E, CLICK HERE.

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