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October 7, 2019 7:03 PM

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs: Wednesday-Friday

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PG&E has issued a Public Safety Power Shutoff Watch for early morning Wednesday, October 9, 2019 until Thursday, October 10, 2019 afternoon affecting most of Nevada County. If fire weather conditions persist, PG&E may shut power off.

• Residents can learn more about a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff by visiting www.PGE.com/weather or call PG&E’s 24-hour power outage information center at 1-800-743-5002.
• Residents should make sure PG&E has their most current contact information online. Customers can also update their information by phone at 1-866-743-6589 and 1-866-743-6589 for assistance in Spanish.
• For questions about the possible shut off, contact Nevada County 2-1-1. Do not call 911 unless it’s an emergency.

Links to critical information:
• For more info on how to prepare for PSPS: www.pge.com/psps
• For the latest PSPS updates: www.pge.com/pspsupdates
• Update your contact info for alerts at: www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts
• PG&E weather webpage: www.pge.com/weather

If PG&E determines they will turn power off, they will activate Community Resource Centers to provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging and air-conditioned seating which will be open from 8:00AM-8:00PM.

The center in Nevada County is located at:
• Sierra College: 250 Sierra College Dr. Grass Valley, CA

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Latest Update:

October 11, 2019 2:57 PM

Environmental Health Update for Food Facility Owner/Operators: YOU ARE APPROVED TO OPEN IF:
1. Your facility had generator power and natural gas-powered hot water; and
2. All PHF foods were held less than 41ºF for refrigeration and 0ºF for frozen; and
3. ALL surfaces within your facility have been sanitized.

If #2 was not met: All meats, prepared foods and/or pre-cooked foods, cut vegetables, juices or other PHFs are to be discarded if in reach-in or walk-in refrigeration units.

Please contact the Nevada County Environmental Health Department if you were unable to meet items #1 through #3 at (530) 265-1222 option 3.

Nevada County Environmental Health website

Prior Updates

October 11, 2019 9:44 AM

From the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools:
The following schools are open today, Friday Oct 11:
• Earle Jamieson
• Nevada City Sup of Schools Office
• Bitney Charter
• Forest Charter
• Forest Lake Christian

The following schools remain closed due to limited or no power:
• Clear Creek
• Chicago Park
• Grass Valley School Dist
• Penn Valley School Dist
• Pleasant Ridge School Dist
• Nevada City School Dist
• Nevada City School of Arts
• Nevada Joint Union
• High School District
• Sierra College Child Development Center
• Twin Ridges School Dist
• Union Hill

October 11, 2019 9:12 AM

The McCourtney Road Transfer Station remains closed to the public.

October 11, 2019 9:10 AM

The Grass Valley Veterans Building has received power.

October 11, 2019 9:02 AM

The County's Brighton Greens building and the Grass Valley Library - Royce Branch have received power. Brighton Greens will open to the public at 1PM (Children's Behavioral Health will begin seeing scheduled appointments at 10AM) and the Grass Valley Library - Royce Branch will open at 10AM.

October 11, 2019 7:46 AM

Nevada County's Brighton Greens building and the Grass Valley Library - Royce Branch are still without power and remain closed to the public.

October 10, 2019 6:33 PM

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is reporting that power is restored.

October 10, 2019 6:19 PM

WIC is offering a special walk-in clinic and WIC Card classes for participants Tuesday October 15th, 8:30-11:30AM to provide an additional opportunity for those planning to come in during the PG&E power outages at the Brighton Greens Resource Center on 988 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Additionally, families may use regular walk-in hours Wednesday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM to receive nutritious food WIC benefits. Families may also call WIC to see if they qualify or reschedule their appointments at 530-265-1454.

Nevada County WIC website
October 10, 2019 3:11 PM

PG&E has received the weather “all clear” for portions of Nevada County. PG&E crews will begin inspecting lines for potential weather-related damage before restoring power.

October 10, 2019 1:19 PM

The Environmental Health Department will be working with each food facility in Nevada County that has lost power due to the PSPS. If you are a food facility that has a generator to power your refrigeration units and supply hot water to your facility, the Environmental Health Department requests that if you reopen, you first sanitize all food surfaces and discard all food product that remained in the temperature danger zone (41F -135F) for more than 4 hours. Please document your refrigeration temps and provide a listing of all foods discarded.
Facilities that are under a State permit may reopen once they have state approval but the Enviornmental Health Department asks that all food contact surfaces are sanitized prior to operation. We thank all of our operators and appreciate your efforts during this PSPS event.

October 10, 2019 12:25 PM

Safety Message via YubaNet: Portable generators should never be run indoors! Exhaust gases accumulate in rooms quickly and CO2 is poisonous to humans and pets. Never use a generator indoors or in enclosed spaces such as garages, crawl spaces, and basements. NOTE: Open windows and doors may NOT prevent CO from building up when a generator is located in an enclosed space. Please be safe and follow CAL OSHA’s guidelines, available here: https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_Hurricane_Facts/portable_generator_safety.pdf

OSHA CO2 Guidelines
October 10, 2019 12:13 PM

We have been working with 2-1-1 to compile a list of stores that are open today and have published to Facebook. People have been commenting with updates as well - you can follow the thread here: https://www.facebook.com/NevadaCountyOES/posts/2840377895972620

If you are a business and/or gas station, call 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL-211 if you are open. You can also call 2-1-1 to get up-to-date information on what's open.

October 10, 2019 11:25 AM

PG&E's Community Resource Center at Sierra College is open until 8PM today with two tents, restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating. Our Office of Emergency Services is onsite with 211 Connecting Point to provide information on the PG&E power shutoff to residents.

October 10, 2019 11:02 AM

National Weather Service Sacramento continues to issue a Red Flag Warning today due to ongoing projected strong winds – please continue to practice fire safe behavior.  PG&E still plans to begin assessing power lines for re-energization between 12 and 2 today, however the time frame for local power restoration is still unknown.

National Weather Service Sacramento website
October 10, 2019 10:34 AM

Fuel for generators at the Nevada County Airport is running low. Please try other gas stations including Nevada City Gas, Robinsons, 76 in Penn Valley, and Chevron at Combie.

October 10, 2019 9:57 AM

KVMR 89.5FM was experiencing power issues and was off air this morning, but are now back online. Update on the Nevada County PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff at 11AM and 12PM

Listen to KVMR Live
October 10, 2019 9:15 AM

The Food Bank of Nevada County is relocating their food distribution to the Eric Rood Administrative Center parking lot today from 10AM - 1PM. They will have non-perishable items available. Their normal distribution center at the 7th Day Adventist Church is currently closed due to the PG&E power outages.

Food Bank of Nevada County website
October 10, 2019 6:24 AM

All County buildings in Western Nevada County remain closed to the public due to the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs, including the Eric Rood Administrative Center, Crown Point, Brighton Greens, Airport Office, Transit Office and all Western Nevada County Library branches.

October 9, 2019 5:29 PM

2-1-1 has been collecting information about which businesses are open both this evening and tomorrow. If you are a business and/or gas station, call 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL-211 if you will be open tonight or tomorrow.

October 9, 2019 5:14 PM

Nevada County is opening a durable medical equipment charging center this evening, 10/9/2019 from 7:00 P.M-7:00 A.M, at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. This center will focus on residents who need to charge medical durable medical equipment only. Please note: this is not a shelter. Meals will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

October 9, 2019 4:58 PM

Nevada County Officials will be on-air with KVMR at 89.5FM between 5:00-8:00 P.M. this evening. Tune in for updates on the Public Safety Power Shutoff.

October 9, 2019 3:41 PM

If you or a family member has medical equipment that needs to be charged to get through the night tonight, please go to the PG&E Community Resource Center at Sierra College or the before 8PM when it closes. The Sierra College Community Resource Center is located at 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley 95945.

PG&E Media Release with list of Community Resource Centers
October 9, 2019 2:11 PM

Tip for residents with generators: You can purchase fuel for your generator at the Nevada County Airport at 13083 John Bauer Avenue in Grass Valley from 8 - 5PM. The gas prices are slightly higher ($4.75/gallon), but the lines are much shorter! Please note that fuel purchased at the airport CANNOT be used for your vehicle, ONLY for your generator.

Nevada County Airport website
October 9, 2019 1:46 PM

PG&E's Community Resource Centers at Sierra College in Nevada County and Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn for South County residents have extended their hours today and will be open until 8PM. The Community Resource Centers have restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging and air-conditioned seating.

October 9, 2019 1:27 PM

NID (Nevada Irrigation District) services are up and running for Western Nevada County NID customers, and NID does not foresee services going down.

Nevada Irrigation District website
October 9, 2019 10:05 AM

Due to Pacific Gas and Electric safety power outages, the Nevada City Court House is out of power and will be continuing all cases until next week. If you have a scheduled case for today please contact a clerk next week to get status update on your case

Nevada County Courts website
October 9, 2019 9:16 AM

Some Nevada County residents are reporting that they received notifications from PG&E about power possibly being restored today. However, the only information the County has received from PG&E is that PG&E restoration efforts will not begin until Thursday, 10/10, at noon.

October 9, 2019 6:56 AM

All Nevada County Library branches in Western Nevada County are closed to the public due to the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff.

October 9, 2019 6:41 AM

The County’s Eric Rood Administrative Center, Crown Point, Brighton Greens, Airport Office and Transit Office are without power and closed to the public due to the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs. Agencies across the County, including the Office of Emergency Services, will have extra staffing in place for the critical fire weather.

October 8, 2019 5:16 PM

Nevada County has activated 211 Connecting Point's call center as the Public Information Line for the County's Emergency Operations Center. Call 211 Connecting Point, not 911, for any Nevada County non-emergency questions about the Red Flag Warning and PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff.

Dial 2-1-1 or 1-844-319-4119 to speak with a local 211 call specialist to find information on food and generator safety, local resources, and emergency event information.

Contact 211 Connecting Point
October 8, 2019 5:00 PM

WASTEWATER OPERATIONS DURING POWER OUTAGES: Penn Valley, Lake Wildwood, Eden Ranch, Lake of the Pines, Darkhorse

During power outages, sewer systems that operate on private pump tanks within the communities of Penn Valley, Lake Wildwood, Eden Ranch, Lake of the Pines and Dark Horse, will not be functional. All wastewater deposited into the tank will simply accumulate and have nowhere to go, potentially creating overflows and hazardous spills.

It is imperative that during these extended power outages , residents conserve water usage as much as possible. This includes flushing of toilets, wastewater from sinks, tubs and showers as well as laundry and dishwashers.

Pump tanks will not be operational until either power is restored or unless the system has been professionally added to a whole-house, back-up generator by a licensed electrical contractor. It is highly discouraged that portable generators be used to operate pump tanks.

Once power is restored, be prepared for alarms to go off on systems. It is not necessary to contact the Sanitation District regarding the alarm once the power has been restored unless it is in conjunction with a spill. Field technicians will be making the rounds at that time and checking on systems throughout the District.

If an overflow or spill occurs, please immediately contact the Sanitation District at (530) 265-1555.

We ask that residents are patient during this event and once power is restored. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.

Thank you,
Nevada County Sanitation District No. 1

Nevada County Wastewater
October 8, 2019 1:50 PM

New PG&E Media Release: PG&E Will Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety to Nearly 800,000 Customers Across Northern and Central California

- PG&E confirmed that it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in portions of 34 northern, central and coastal counties, affecting electric service for nearly 800,000 customers.
- PG&E expects to begin turning off power in some areas early Wednesday, just after midnight. The power will be turned off to communities in stages, depending on local timing of the severe wind conditions, beginning with counties in the northern part of the state.
- It is very possible that customers may be affected by a power shutoff even though they are not experiencing extreme weather conditions in their specific location. This is because the electric system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions
- Given the prolonged period during which the wind event will unfold, and the large number of power line miles that will need to be inspected before restoration, customers are being asked to prepare for an extended outage.
- PG&E will open Community Resource Centers at Sierra College in Nevada County and Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn for South County residents.

Full PG&E Media Release
October 8, 2019 9:43 AM

The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 8 PM Wednesday to 5 PM PDT Thursday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

* AFFECTED AREA...The Northern and North Central Sierra Nevada below 6000 feet and foothills.

* WIND...North to northeast wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph, locally higher in canyons and over exposed ridges.

* HUMIDITY...Daytime minimum humidities mainly in the teens with poor overnight recoveries of 25 to 35 percent Wednesday night.

* HIGHEST THREAT...The Northern and North Central Sierra Nevada and foothills below 4000 feet.

* IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.
Outdoor burning is not recommended.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

National Weather Service Sacramento Alert
October 8, 2019 8:37 AM

New PG&E Media Release: PG&E Continues to Monitor a Significant Wednesday/Thursday Wind Event

"If PG&E decides to implement a PSPS, the company expects to begin turning off power for safety early Wednesday morning. Based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates the period of peak winds will occur from early Wednesday morning and last through Thursday midday.


Customer impacts may include:
Nevada (43,217) – Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Soda Springs, North San Juan, Washington, Norden, Chicago Park, Cedar Ridge, Truckee, Kingvale"

Full PG&E Media Release