Nearly 200 PG&E customers in Napa and St. Helena were without power early Tuesday, with the utility bringing in a helicopter to try to identify the source of the problem on Soda Canyon Road.

The largest outage affected 136 customers on Soda Canyon Road. Customers lost power at 11 a.m. Monday and were still without it as of late Tuesday morning, said PG&E spokesperson Deanna Contreras. 

Crews had been unable to locate the source of the problem on Monday, so PG&E brought in a helicopter Tuesday morning to fly over the rural area, Contreras said.

Using a helicopter, workers were able to determine that the source of a problem was a tree, she reported at 2 p.m. Power was quickly restored to the 136 customers, she said.

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In St. Helena, 48 customer on Whitehall Lane lost power at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday when a tree fell on a line in a hard-to-reach location, Contreras said. It could be 6 p.m. before electricity is restored, she estimated.

PG&E is having to bring in a special off-road vehicle to get to the site of the fallen tree. "It's very remote," Contreras said.

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