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Power restored to most of Rossmoor; rain continues Thursday

By Ann Peterson

Managing editor

 

(Thursday, Jan. 5, 12:20 p.m.) By noon on Thursday, only a handful of manors throughout Rossmoor and half of Cactus Court remained without power because of the storm battering the Bay Area region. PG&E said they have crews on-site trying to get the power back on.

Those outages followed a night that saw almost half of the homes and buildings in Rossmoor without power from 6:30 p.m. to 1:24 a.m. Many residents of Cactus Court and Terra California, along with the Mutual Operations Department (MOD) building on Rockview Drive, did not have power restored until noon Thursday. PG&E said the outages were caused by the wet and windy conditions but provided no further details.

The MOD outage could have been problematic because that’s home to the Work Order Desk, which is handling calls of potential flooding, downed trees and other weather-related emergencies in the valley. The Work Order Desk continued to operate on a generator, but a lengthy outage could have drained the fuel needed to keep the generator running.

A major outage affecting almost half of Rossmoor started shortly after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for about 3,097 homes. By 9:30 p.m., 2,745 customers still had no power.

Stormy conditions Wednesday night brought high winds and heavy rains to much of the Bay Area and resulted in power outages in almost every city.

Thursday’s weather forecast called for more rain starting around 8 a.m. and lasting through the late afternoon. Winds had died down to around 10 mph by Thursday morning.

Unlike Saturday’s storm, which brought more than 200 calls for help related to the storms, Securitas received less than a dozen Wednesday night. Crews had worked to prepare Rossmoor for the storm by clearing drains, removing downed trees and redirecting water runoff.

(Wednesday, Jan. 4, 9:45 p.m.) The second major storm in five days left almost half of Rossmoor without power on Wednesday night.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m., PG&E reported that 3,097 homes in Rossmoor were without power. By 9:30 p.m., 2,745 customers were still without power, according to PG&E, who had a crew on the ground assessing the situation. PG&E said the preliminary determination was that the weather had caused the outage. No estimated restoration time was given as of 9:45 p.m.

The homes affected included Cactus Court, Rossmoor Parkway, Terra California, Grey Eagle, Horsemans Canyon and Avenida Sevilla, as well as some homes on Saklan Indian, Terra Granada, Tice Creek and Ptarmigan. The Fitness Center, Creekside, Gateway, Event Center and Mutual Operations Department building also lost power.

Residents are reminded not to call Securitas about power outages, as this ties up lines needed for emergencies.

Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, an atmospheric river system brought heavy rains and strong winds that prompted safety officials to ask residents of the Bay Area to stay home. The risk of flooding and fallen trees is high during this storm, which is expected to last almost 24 hours.

Because of the high winds and storm conditions, PG&E also warned that power outages might occur Wednesday and Thursday.

To monitor outages, residents can go online at https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter or call 1-800-743-5000.

During an outage, residents are reminded not to light candles inside their manors; use flashlights and battery-operated lanterns only.

If a manor is in danger of flooding, residents should contact the MOD Work Order Desk at 1-925-988-7650 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or email workorder@rossmoor.com (please leave only one message). If it is after hours, they should contact Securitas at 1-925-988-7899. Please be patient as they anticipate a high volume of calls. Also, they are asking residents to delay calling for non-urgent issues that can wait until after the storm.

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