Power outages and road closures strike county

About 1,600 people in Aptos have been without power since 4:50 a.m. today due to an equipment failure, according to PG&E. Brandy Ehlers of PG&E said crews are expected to get power back on around 4 p.m. Ehlers ... Full Story
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Rue La Purr

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Feb 14, 2009
Slushy. I like that word.

Meow!
Pdog

Concord, CA

#2 Feb 14, 2009
My power came back on about 1pm and I'm in Rio Del Mar.
PGnE Sux

United States

#3 Feb 14, 2009
PG$E should be reqired to give generators out free of chagre to homes and business that have an avarage of 48 hours or more without electricity [due to their system failing] in a year. Before deregualtion the contract between customer and utility was much stronger regarding reliablity of service. And why dont they either cut the trees or run the lines underground.
Aptos Resident

Santa Rosa, CA

#4 Feb 14, 2009
It took 12 HOURS to get my power back!

I couldn't eat because everything I have needs to be cooked!

So, this 12 hour outage was just because of equipment failure, NOT Because of the storm??
Are you for real

Castro Valley, CA

#5 Feb 14, 2009
Cant place the lines underground up in the mountains. Ground moves too much. And you were joking about cutting trees in this county right??
Big Wave Dave

San Francisco, CA

#6 Feb 14, 2009
Tell you what, this year pg&e contracted with an additional tree service in addition to the slowwwwwww Davy tree guys and they came through this county and kicked butt on the problem tree issue. I have never seen such a pro-active maneuver by pg&e. Those guys brought down lots and lots of BIG trees and they hauled azz doing it.Very impressed. I wonder if pg&e gazed into their crystal ball and saw no money for maintenance for a few years and decided to do it while they still could afford to.
Huh

Santa Cruz, CA

#7 Feb 14, 2009
Spend a couple of bucks on a generator. Geez, people. Back East they are going a couple of WEEKS without power and you're bitchin' about 12 hours.
Peking

Hopland, CA

#8 Feb 14, 2009
Aptos Resident, try eating raw veggies and fruits. No cooking needed there.
TrixieDelite

San Francisco, CA

#9 Feb 14, 2009
Huh wrote:
Spend a couple of bucks on a generator. Geez, people. Back East they are going a couple of WEEKS without power and you're bitchin' about 12 hours.
No joke--and they're doing it in freezing cold weather. Man up, Nancy.
get real

Watsonville, CA

#10 Feb 14, 2009
you are all a bunch of complainers. BIG DEAL your power was out for a while. Learn how to take care of yourself. I lived here in the valley for 20 years and this is the norm during the winter. Learn to live w / it or leave. It's a good time to get out and meet your neigbors.
Rocket J Squirrel

Santa Cruz, CA

#11 Feb 14, 2009
PGnE Sux wrote:
PG$E should be reqired to give generators out free of chagre to homes and business that have an avarage of 48 hours or more without electricity [due to their system failing] in a year. Before deregualtion the contract between customer and utility was much stronger regarding reliablity of service. And why dont they either cut the trees or run the lines underground.
Here's a thought, go buy a generator. Utilities are not a God given right.
PG&E crews are great. Don't confuse them with the boys in the board room. We don't see you out in the middle of the night in a driving rain storm now do we. How about you go buy the next crew you see working on a downs set of wires, some hot coffee and sandwich's and say thanks...
Rue La Purr

Santa Cruz, CA

#12 Feb 14, 2009
I have lived in here in the Valley 41 years and I still like the word slushy. Slushy. MMM.

Poster# 10 is right, folks. Be prepared for the winters up here. Always have candles on hand. Flashlights and batteries. Firewood, if you have a fireplace or woodstove. Extra food. If you don't have that stuff, betcha one of your neighbors has it. Good time as any meet those rather odd people around the corner.

Meow!
Rue La Purr

Santa Cruz, CA

#13 Feb 14, 2009
I went to SLV High with some of our PGE guys and they are darn nice guys.

I wouldn't scratch their eyes out if you paid me to.

Meow!
Aptos Resident

Santa Rosa, CA

#14 Feb 14, 2009
I don't have a generator - I didn't have any fruits and vegetables at the time.

All the stores were closed, too.
Pdog

San Jose, CA

#15 Feb 14, 2009
Aptos Resident wrote:
I don't have a generator - I didn't have any fruits and vegetables at the time.
All the stores were closed, too.
Then it's time to start putting the boy scout motto to use, "BE PREPARED"! Our area is prone to all kinds of natural disasters, best to be ready so stock up on the necessities yo.
Huh

Santa Cruz, CA

#16 Feb 14, 2009
Aptos Resident wrote:
I don't have a generator - I didn't have any fruits and vegetables at the time.
All the stores were closed, too.
Wah. You had to go without for a couple of hours. Grow a set of balls and be thankful you have a roof over your head.
Where is Gary Gagnes

Santa Cruz, CA

#17 Feb 14, 2009
get real wrote:
you are all a bunch of complainers. BIG DEAL your power was out for a while. Learn how to take care of yourself. I lived here in the valley for 20 years and this is the norm during the winter. Learn to live w / it or leave. It's a good time to get out and meet your neigbors.
Totally. It gets one prepared for emergencies. I made coffee using my bbq side burner. 12 hours, big deal. They even got the power back on before it got dark, thanks PG&E.
fer

Watsonville, CA

#18 Feb 14, 2009
I was out and about in BC today. I was astonished at the amount of RESIDENTS that did not know alternate routes. Get to know your community!
Whiny whackjob

AOL

#20 Feb 14, 2009
Aptos Resident wrote:
<quoted text>
You must have had your power today. Right? Wait till it happens to you, then we'll see if you're such an a s s hole then.
We don't have "major" storms like this here - NO ONE was prepared.
Plus, the outage wasn't due to the storm - IT WAS AN EQUIPMENT FAILURE. So nothing we could prepare for, but could have been prevented.
So how about you a holes being jerks come over and get me a generator? Or help others? Yeah, didn't think so. You just sit on your a ss and point fingers at others. Big help. Grow up.
WHAAAAAA, WHAAAAA, WHAAAAA, I'm special so this shouldn't happen to MEEEEEEE!!!!!
I'm gonna complain to my congressman & senator!
cotton ball

United States

#22 Feb 14, 2009
how far is aptos from, say, capitola? even if you don't have a car you could have biked or even walked to somewhere that had food. i agree with the other posters: if you are going to freak out when you lose power for half a day go get yourself a generator.

PS I like the word "slushy" too but i like "slosh" better.

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