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PG&E Power Shutoff & Restoration Update

Posted on October 10, 2019


Update, Thursday 10/10 at 6:30 PM.
The PG&E power restoration process has begun and will continue, possibly for several days. While portions of the west side of Sonoma have been re-energized, much of the City and the Valley are still without power.  The City has not received any official notification from PG&E about when we can expect full power restoration. We recognize that is particularly difficult to wait for power restoration when nearby households and businesses have been restored.
IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDERS:
Traffic Safety
As of 6 p.m. today, only two of the City’s traffic signals are now working (2nd St. West/West Napa St. and 5th St. West/West Napa St.) but the remainder of traffic signals are out.  This can make it even more challenging to anticipate a non-functioning signal. As darkness approaches, please use extra caution when driving and as a pedestrian.  When a traffic signal is out, treat the intersection as a FOUR-WAY STOP.
Temperature Drop Expected Tonight
Starting Thursday, October 10, overnight temperatures are expected to drop to the low 40’s, as predicted by the National Weather Service. Residents still without power should follow cold weather safety tips, including: dress warmly and have several blankets on hand, stay indoors with doors and windows shut, keep pets indoors, and check on the safety of elderly and medically frail neighbors.
What to do with spoiled food when the power comes back on.
  • Sonoma Garbage Collectors will be collecting garbage, green waste and recyclables on their regular schedule, no changes to days or times due to the power shutoff.
  • Spoiled food can be put in the green waste can for composting ONLY if it has NO packaging – NO glass, plastic wrap or Styrofoam containers.
  • If spoiled food is causing problems and a resident can’t wait for their regular collection day, a special collection service is available by calling Sonoma Garbage Collectors at 707-996-7555.
  • Business wastes will be collected on their regular schedule. If spoiled products require removal sooner, contact Sonoma Garbage Collectors at 707-996-7555 for a special pick-up.
Portable Generators
If you are using a portable generator, be sure to review the appropriate safety materials. Incorrect generator use can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or a fire. The City of Sonoma will not be enforcing noise ordinance limits on generators during the power shutoff.
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