Readers Note: The Napa Valley Register is providing free access to this article. Please consider supporting local journalism like this by purchasing a subscription. #NapaNewsNow Click here for details.
CALISTOGA — PG&E’s second power shutoff in Calistoga didn’t go as planned, but businesses and residents rolled with the punches.
As announced, Wednesday morning at about midnight, PG&E shut the power off for a Public Safety Power Shutoff event as a precautionary measure to reduce wildfire risk during a forecast of strong winds.
Power was to be restored to most of the town of Calistoga, excluding the area west of the Napa river, by about 2 a.m. Due to problems with backup generators, the city announced at 7 a.m. that PG&E was working on it. Power was being restored to most of the city by 10 a.m.
The shutoff, which impacted more than 30,000 PG&E customers and residents over several counties, was expected to last through Thursday, after which PG&E would begin turning power back on in stages.
As with the first power shutoff Sept. 25, PG&E again set up a temporary cooling and telecommunications station at the Napa County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The Calistoga Resource Center, located in a tent, can accommodate about 50 people with charging stations, and Wi-Fi.
The city of Calistoga also offers charging stations to the public during a power shutdown, set up outside city hall and the fire station from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With the exception of Cal Mart, which opened at 7 a.m. on backup generators, businesses in downtown Calistoga were closed early Wednesday morning.
Residents were preparing for the planned outage on Tuesday by filling up their vehicles with gas. According to Calistoga Police Officer Samantha Arlen, who lives in Napa, people there were waiting up to an hour in line to fill up.