Tree on powerlines blacks out 2,500 homes

About 240 homes had power restored by 1:30 p.m., sooner than initially estimated

About 2,500 Palo Alto residents lost power at 7:37 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 19) when a storm-weakened tree fell onto a primary 12 kilovolt power line in the 3200 block of Bryant Street.

All but about 240 customers had power restored by shortly before 9 a.m., and those got power back about 1:30 p.m., earlier than initial estimates, according to city Communications Manager Linda Clerkson.

City electrical-utility crews had to secure the downed wire and remove the tree from the lines, then reinstall the lines and restore power to the remaining customers.

-- Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by which blocks?
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I live a few blocks from that address and no problems here. What are the boundries of the outage?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Was a CANS alert sent out with any information for those affected?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Just what you need - an alert to tell you your power is off.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Walter, a CANS alert on your cell phone would be useful if it gave information as to how widespread the outage was and approximately how long it would take to get repaired. It would be useful to be able to make alternate plans for your day.

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Posted by Jared Bernstein
a resident of University South
on Dec 20, 2010 at 11:49 am

"which blocks" (above) asked for the perimeter of the black-out.

Again, a map would be nice.

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Posted by Michele
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Dec 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Good job on getting the power restored so quickly. We had lost power, which in the South where I am from, usually means a long time in the dark! We got our power back about 1030 - 11 AM.

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