powerlinePG&E Shutoff Oct.14, 12 p.m. Update:
 
PG&E restored power to all  Sonoma County customers affected by the power shutoff and 98% of customers statewide. PG&E did not confirm when power will be restored to remaining customers. The utility company reports that it will not bill customers for the time their power was shutdown. Winds reached up to 77 MPH in St. Helena Thursday morning but power-lines in the area had been de-energized in the safety shutoff. KRCB's Adia White and Mark Prell talked with Deanna Contreras Wednesday afternoon to find out more about the process of restoring power. 
 
 
For emergency notifications, subscribe to SOCO alerts. The Redwood Empire Foodbank is open and is offering food to anyone who has been impacted by the power outage. PG&E has updated its map of outages HERE. PG&E says it is not reimbursing customers at this time, but customers can still file claims for damages on its website PGE.com/claiminfo.
 
 

Environmental News

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NorCal News

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