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PG&E preparing for the next storm to avoid power outages


From one winter storm to another the start of February has brought plenty of weather and plenty of power outages. 

Denny Boyles is the Marketing and Communications spokesperson for PG&E. He says they saw numerous trees fall down during the massive snow storm. 

“Trees that might have been weakened by the drought or bark beetle that fell,” says Boyles. “Trees outside areas that we would normally inspect. So, not adjacent to our power lines.”

Still the heavy weather contributed to thousands of power outages in our area.

“We actually had a couple of instances where trees would fall on our trucks while the crews were working,” says Boyles.

PG&E crews now out in force taking a proactive approach to avoid more outages. 

“We are out on a regular basis and ahead of forecast storms we will do patrols and look for potential hazard trees,” says Boyles.

Eduardo Aguirre-Perez is a Fresno resident. He says he keeps his trees trimmed to avoid the limbs getting in the way of a power line. 

“You don’t want to be that person who ruins it for everybody.,” says Perez. “General cleanliness and kind of a respect for everybody around you just to make sure things don’t happen.”

Perez says he is glad PG&E is taking extra precautions before the next storm hits. 

“So, I mean it helps out to have them cleaned up and try to avoid any power outages and avoid any interruptions and stuff like that,” says Perez. 

The PG&E 24 hours power line is 1-800-743-5000 and you are asked to call this line if your power is out or notice your power line down. 

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