PG&E planning power shutoff event this week

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Areas set to be impacted by PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff event this week.

PG&E is planning a Public Safety Power Shutoff event this week impacting about 264,000 customers in 22 counties, including 23,230 customers in Contra Costa County.

The planned power shutoff, set to begin early Wednesday and continue throughout Thursday, is due to a weather forecast of dry conditions and expected high wind gusts that could damage the electric system and/or cause sparks that have the potential to ignite fires.

The power shutoff is expected to impact parts of Contra Costa County areas of Canyon, El Sobrante, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pinole, Pleasant Hill and Richmond.

“Once the high winds subside, currently expected to be Thursday mid-morning, PG&E will inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the wind event, and then restore power. PG&E will safely restore power in stages as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring most customers by end of day Thursday, based on the current weather conditions,” the utility said.

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