SDG&E planned power outage in Alpine derailed by heat

Company planned to make repairs
Posted at 3:27 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 22:13:48-04

ALPINE (KGTV) - SDG&E canceled this week's planned power outage in the Alpine area due to heat concerns. 

"We are taking a look at all the outages that need to be canceled and rescheduled for that purpose, just so customers have access to be able to cool themselves," SDG&E Spokeswoman Allison Torres said.

The planned outage was going to affect Harbison Canyon, Glen Oaks, and West Alpine, shutting off power from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

"Just so we make sure everything equipment-wise is ready for the fire season, as we start seeing conditions ramp up," Torres said.

Neighbors were very concerned at the idea they'd be without power on the hottest day of the week.

"I'm going to have to pack today and tomorrow just and make sure all the laundry's done because we're leaving," Tish Nielsen ahead of her family trip out of state.

This time, the planned power outage added more stress.

"I'm worried about all the food in the refrigerator; we've got animals," Nielsen said.

Nielsen's husband works in construction. She said this time of year is the busiest for business, as well as getting repairs to air conditioners.

"Alpine just had the fire and wanting to have a lot of things looked at and repaired and done, and I just think it's a really bad situation," she said.

Torres says they'll pick another day, "this is something we'll probably expedite in the next few weeks," to ensure the community is safe and has reliable service.

She said the original outage was planned during the day for a reason, so that the next outage could be during the day as well.

If customers have any questions, they are encouraged to contact SDG&E.