A series of seemingly systematic, dramatically ill-timed power outages have left thousands of 24/680 residents in the dark in recent days and the resulting hue and cry from residents has attracted the attention of local government.
Piqued and power-less users have taken to this site’s Facebook page to vent, with whole neighborhoods left in the dark for many hours and on consecutive days.
Some of the outages appear connected to planned work on the local electrical system – work PG&E warned users about in advance – while others appear unrelated and the result of equipment failure or – gremlins? – no one seems to know for sure.
Residents of Burton Valley in Lafayette are feeling especially put upon, with blackouts in their neighborhood for three consecutive days and their good humor wearing thin as problems compounded.
“We got an extra special surprise tonite when our sewer line backed up also,” wrote Jenny, a resident of Blackout Valley – er, Burton Valley. “…and a plumber can’t snake it without power. The men are toughing it out and I came to a hotel.”
A spokesman for the city says Lafayette’s leaders have been in contact with PG&E and are “seeking answers to questions raised by residents.”
“We have also asked PG&E to provide communications on why these outages continue to take place,” the city’s spokesman wrote. “The City realizes how frustrating this situation is and we will update you as soon as we receive information from PG&E.”
But the good people of Burton Valley and Lafayette are by no means bearing the brunt of these outages alone, with widespread outages crippling neighboring burgs in Lamorinda, Walnut Creek, Martinez, Clayton and other spot outages too numerous to mention.
Some, like “Danville Dan,” have chosen to adopt a philosophical stance, chalking up their darkened homes to our recent heat wave and an overburdened electrical grid.
“I’ve been looking to get solar panels for the house for a long time now,” Dan wrote. “These past few days have told me the time is right…”