10/21, 2:15PM: Red Flag Warning begins tonight, PSPS not expected to impact City of Sonoma

Posted on October 21, 2020


PG&E is expected to proactively shut off power to parts of Sonoma County, including some customers in Sonoma Valley tomorrow morning, Thursday, October 22nd. At this time, it appears that the City of Sonoma will not be impacted. Look up an address on the PG&E power outage map to see if a particular location is included in this planned power outage.

PG&E has advised that the exact time of de-energization and restoration are subject to change based on weather. Please refer to PG&E’s PSPS Updates page for the most current outage maps, estimated shut off times and power restoration information.

CITY OPERATIONS

City offices, Water Facilities, and the Sonoma Police Department are not expected to lose power and will be open regular hours.

PG&E COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTERS (CRC)

PG&E will open three CRCs in Sonoma County on Thursday, October 22nd. The Community Resource Centers are scheduled to be open 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM. All Community Resource Centers follow state and county guidelines to fight COVID-19. Please visit their website for more information. The Sonoma County CRC locations are:

  • First Congregational Church of Sonoma (Outdoors Only), 252 West Spain Street, Sonoma. Snacks & water, ADA-accessible restroom & washing station, WiFi, device charging and small medical device charging available.
  • Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building (Outdoors Only), 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa. Snacks & water, ADA-accessible restroom & washing station, WiFi, device charging and small medical device charging available.
  • Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds (Outdoors Only), 1 Citrus Fair Dr, Cloverdale. Snacks & water, ADA-accessible restroom & washing station, WiFi, device charging and small medical device charging available.

SCHOOLS

Sonoma Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) does not expect PG&E power shut-offs to affect schools, but there may be individual families in the Sonoma Valley that are affected by this latest weather event. Households that lose power are encouraged to communicate with your school and teacher via phone or email.  Home power loss during distance learning will be recorded as an excused absence.

SVUSD will communicate with staff and families if the emergency rises to the level of a school or district closure for any reason.  That communication would come via text, phone, and email in English and Spanish shortly after the decision is made.

WEATHER

Red Flag WarningThe National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains and at 10:00 PM Wednesday (10/21) to 8:00 AM on Friday (10/23). A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior.  A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.  Learn more from CAL FIRE.

The Sonoma Valley Fire District has increased daily staffing at all stations and will be staffing additional equipment for the critical fire weather.

TRAFFIC SAFETY

While we don’t expect any traffic signals to be out in Sonoma city limits, drivers are reminded to be vigilant as multiple intersections in Sonoma County may be without power including during traditional commute times. Public Safety officials urge drivers to reduce speeds, drive with caution, and treat all intersections without power as a 4-way stop, per state law.

Please visit the City’s Emergency Preparedness information page where you can find more resources and information about PG&E’s PSPS program and ways you can better prepare your household in case of an emergency.

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