Monday, January 07, 2008

Storm’s Aftermath

Still causing problems for many and as one of the families whose power was out all day Friday, I am very sympathetic to those still struggling without it and hope for a quick resolution.

Power still out for thousands
Officials say many homes are likely to remain in the dark until at least Tuesday
By Ryan Lillis, Lakiesha Mcghee and Hudson Sangree -
Published 12:00 am PST Monday, January 7, 2008

Tens of thousands of homes in the Sacramento region spent a third full day without power Sunday, victims of the vicious winter storm that slammed the region with heavy winds and pelting rain Friday.

And while the local utilities made steady progess restoring power through the weekend, officials said thousands of homes are likely to remain in the dark at least until Tuesday.

The good news: Forecasters aren't predicting much in the way of rain and wind over the next two days.

As of Sunday night, an estimated 37,000 Pacific, Gas and Electric Co. customers remained without power in El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Solano and Yolo counties.

About 6,500 Sacramento Municipal Utility District customers also were without electricity. Among the more heavily concentrated pockets still dark Sunday:

Sacramento near Marconi and Eastern avenues and near Auburn Boulevard and Watt Avenue; Citrus Heights near Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard; Fair Oaks near Sunrise and Fair Oaks Boulevard.

At the storm's peak, electricity was knocked out to more than 370,000 customers in the region.