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Power Shutoffs in Kern County, thousands still without due to outages

Video Credit: 23ABC News | Bakersfield
Published on October 31, 2019 - Duration: 03:00s
Power Shutoffs in Kern County, thousands still without due to outages
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Power Shutoffs in Kern County, thousands still without due to outages

OUR AREA ANDLEAVING THEM WITHOUT POWERACCORDING TO SOUTHERNCALIFORNIA OVER 68,000 CUSTOMERSARE BEING IMPACTED.23ABCS LEZLA GOODEN IS INTEHACHAPI WHERE MANYPEOPLE HAVE BEEN WITHOUT POWERSINCE THIS MORNING.LEZLA WHAT CAN YOU TELL US?GOOD EVENING I AM NEAR ONE OFTHE ONLY FEW GAS STATIONS HEREIN THE CITY OF TEHAHACHAPI WHEREAT TIMES THE LINE WAS INTO THESTREETS.

I SPOKE WITH RESIDENTSIN THEAREA WHO SHARE THEIRFRUSTRATIONS AND CONCERNSOF HAVING THEIR POWER SHUT OFFWITHOUT WARNING.ACCORDING TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAEDISON, NEARLY13,000 PEOPLE IN KERN COUNTY AREWITHOUT POWER DUE TO AUNPLANNED POWER SHUT OFF CAUSEDBY HIGH WINDS.SOCAL EDISON SAYS THAT THEPUBLIC SAFETY PUBLIC SHUTOFFSARE IN PLACE DUE TO WEATHERCONDITIONS THAT MAY CREATE THEPOTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED FIRERISK.IN THE TEHAHCAPI AREA WE WERELOOKING AT WEATHER 48HRS OUT ANDEXPECTING THE WINDS TO BEHITTING THENWHAT HAPPENED IS THAT WINDS WEREIMMEDIATELY UPON THE AREA ANDFOLKSIN THE FIELD SO THOUGHT WENEEDED TO ENERGIZE IMMEDIATELY.MANY INDIVIDUALS NEAR THETEHAHAPI REGION TELL 23ABC THATTHE SOCIAL EDISON WEBSITE NEVERSHOWED OUTAGES- SIMILARTO KELCI MILLOVITCSH WHO LIVESIN GOLDEN HILLS-- WHO HASBEEN WITHOUT POWER SINCE 3:30THIS MORNING.SHE SAYS THAT THIS IS THE SECONDTIME THIS WEEK HER POWER, WHICH IS THROUGH SOUTHERNCALIFORNIAEDISON HAS BEEN SHUTOFF WITHOUTNOTICE AND IS MISSINGWORK WITHOUT PAY BECAUSE OF ITTHAT IS THE MOST FRUSTRATINGPARTTHE NOT KNOWING ITS HAVING ACHILD- I HAVE TO GET TOSCHOOL, ME HAVING TO BE AT WORKAND ME LOSING MY GROCERIESASPECT THIS IS THE FOURTHTIME THE POWER HAS BEEN TURNEDOFF IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS AND IHAVE HAD TO REPLACE GROCERIES.MILLOVITCSH SAYS SHE HAS NOTRECEIVED ANY NOTIFICATION STILLFROM SO CAL EDISON BEFORE ORAFTER HER POWER WAS SHUTOFF ANDUNDERSTANDS THE NEED FOR SAFETYBUT BELIEVES THEIR HAS TO BE ABETTER FROM OF COMMUNICATION-THE CITY MANAGER OFTEHACHPI ECHOES THE SAMESENTIMENTS AND SAYS THAT THEYARE POWERING A HANDFUL OFBUILDINGS THROUGHGENERATORS.NO EXPECTS THE CITY OFTEHAHCHAPI TO BEWITHOUT POWER.

WE HAVE ALSORENTED BACK UP GENERATORS SO WEHAVE A.

BACKUP TO THE BACK UP AND WE WANT TOBE REALLY SURE THAT THINGS ARERUNNING WELL.

WE ARE PAYING 1700A WEEK FOR THESE GENERATORS FORFOUR WEEKSBECAUSE WE DON'T TRUST WHATSOUTHER CALIFORNIA EDISON WHATTHEY TELL US IS GOING TO COMETRUE,GARRETT SAYS 90 PERCENT OF.THECITY OF TEHAHCHAPI IS WITHOUTPOWER AND THE ECONOMIC IMPACTTHIS IS HAVING ON THE AREA ISUNMEASURABLE.HE ALSO ADDS THAT SOUTHERNCALIFORNIA EDISON SHOULDBE ABLE TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVETO THE POWER SHUT OFFS TOCERTAIN AREAS THAT AREEXPERIENCING POOR WEATHERCONDITIONS AND NOT ALL JUSTBECAUSE THEY SHARE THE SAMEGIRD- AND HE HAS A SOLUTION.

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