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Fallen tree causes power outage for nearly 900 Palo Alto Utilities customers

Service expected to be fully restored by 9 a.m. Monday

A fallen tree caused nearly 900 Palo Alto Utilities customers to lose power late Sunday night.

Electrical poles in Palo Alto. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

The outage affected 893 customers at about 11:19 p.m., according to Palo Alto Utilities.

Power was lost in the quadrant bordered by Embarcadero Road and University Avenue, and Middlefield Road and Edgewood Drive. This area includes the Crescent Park, Community Center and Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhoods.

While some customers had service restored early Monday morning, 446 customers were without power in the area of Louis and Greer Roads, between Embarcadero Road and Amarillo Avenue, as of the utility's latest update at 2:22 a.m. Service was restored to the remaining customers at 8:40 a.m.

To view the city's outage map, visit utccoutage.cityofpaloalto.org.

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Fallen tree causes power outage for nearly 900 Palo Alto Utilities customers

Service expected to be fully restored by 9 a.m. Monday

by Bay City News Service / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Jan 23, 2023, 8:42 am
Updated: Mon, Jan 23, 2023, 10:19 am

A fallen tree caused nearly 900 Palo Alto Utilities customers to lose power late Sunday night.

The outage affected 893 customers at about 11:19 p.m., according to Palo Alto Utilities.

Power was lost in the quadrant bordered by Embarcadero Road and University Avenue, and Middlefield Road and Edgewood Drive. This area includes the Crescent Park, Community Center and Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhoods.

While some customers had service restored early Monday morning, 446 customers were without power in the area of Louis and Greer Roads, between Embarcadero Road and Amarillo Avenue, as of the utility's latest update at 2:22 a.m. Service was restored to the remaining customers at 8:40 a.m.

To view the city's outage map, visit utccoutage.cityofpaloalto.org.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Comments

Bystander
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2023 at 9:41 am
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Jan 23, 2023 at 9:41 am

Just another 10 hour minor inconvenience for residents!

Our bills go up but our service deteriorates. Getting our power supply more dependable should be top priority. This is the heart of Silicon Valley, not a third world country! In fact, most other countries have more reliable power than we do.


Rose
Registered user
Mayfield
on Jan 23, 2023 at 10:34 am
Rose, Mayfield
Registered user
on Jan 23, 2023 at 10:34 am

Our service didn’t deteriorate, we had extraordinary weather.


Mondoman
Registered user
Green Acres
on Jan 23, 2023 at 10:35 am
Mondoman, Green Acres
Registered user
on Jan 23, 2023 at 10:35 am

I suspect the recently spotted beavers :)


Online Name
Registered user
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 23, 2023 at 11:28 am
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Jan 23, 2023 at 11:28 am

1) Where do the plans stand for more undergrounding of the wires?

2) How's CPAU doing with issuing refunds for the continuing outages?


Bystander
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2023 at 5:22 pm
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Jan 23, 2023 at 5:22 pm

I agree we have had worse weather than normal, which means that we have had more power outages than normal.

Knowing the problems and the fact that any surplus funds are transferred to the City, the wise thing to do with these surplus funds is to spend them on undergrounding the wires. Whenever it rains, someone loses power. That is not right!


MyFeelz
Registered user
another community
on Jan 23, 2023 at 5:46 pm
MyFeelz, another community
Registered user
on Jan 23, 2023 at 5:46 pm

It's "only" 900 customers.


marc665
Registered user
Midtown
on Jan 23, 2023 at 9:00 pm
marc665, Midtown
Registered user
on Jan 23, 2023 at 9:00 pm

Lets see: $20 million a year siphoned out of the Utilities department that should have paid for maintenance. Now the city says the reserves are low and they have to raise rates to do maintenance. The city must have hired former PG&E management.

/marc


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