Rain Caused School Power Outages, Transformer Fires

October 13, 2009 8:26:25 PM PDT
The Central Valley's first rain of the fall season always causes big power problems. PG&E spokesperson Jeff Smith said, "It's a phenomenon of the water and the dust. Because of that light dusting on the transformers and the raindrops interacting with that dust on the electrical equipment that causes transformers to fail and power outages."        |   Watch Video Above for More Information on this Story   |

This storm walloped the state's northern and central regions, wiping out power to more than 150,000 PG&E customers around the state.

At one point Tuesday, about 7,000 PG&E customers in Fresno and Kings Counties were in the dark including Gibson Elementary in NW Fresno. School principal Helen Cabe said, "Lunches are brought in so we don't have to worry about heating lunches and we still have rooms with plenty of light so our kids are in there working."

Three other elementary schools in Fresno also lost power this morning, Leavenworth, Burroughs and Mayfair. However, theirs was quickly restored.

Lionel McPeters heard the explosion that sparked a fire on a transformer in front of his NW Fresno home and knew exactly what it was. "I thought it was a transformer because that's pretty common in this area."

Fresno firefighters spent the day going from call to call. They're concerned about people getting too close to live downed electrical lines. Captain Brian Price said, "We don't need anyone near them. If they do fall in a tree stay away from it. If there is any question or doubt about the safety of it give us a call that's what we're here for we'll come out and check it out."

Same with PG&E. Jeff Smith says power crews will come out and trim potentially dangerous trees or dead limbs free. Smith said, "If you feel you are seeing an unsafe situation absolutely give us a call let us know you're concerned about, a tree being in close proximity to a power line."

PG&E asks that you just make sure the obstructed line is in fact your power line and not a telephone or cable line.

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