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Power cuts off for roughly 120,000 people in Contra Costa County

PG&E is planning to shut off power to approximately 800,000 customers beginning Wednesday, October 9, 2019 in Northern and Central California due to fire danger associated with gusty winds and dry weather. The Planned Safety Power Shutoff could last for up to five days. This outage map was provided before the PG&E website went down Tuesday due to excessive traffic. Additional areas have been added to the scheduled shutoff since.

Wednesday’s Public Safety Power Shutoff expected to affect roughly 51,000 PG&E customers and 120,000 people in Contra Costa County for an estimated 24 hours started at noon, according to county staff. Parts of Bay Point, Canyon, El Sobrante, Kensington, Lafayette, Moraga, North Concord, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Pinole, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Ramon and Walnut Creek are impacted.

Rossmoor and Danville, however, should be spared. The Bay Point Health Center will close, but the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and other county-operated medical facilities remain open.

There are no public school closures scheduled for Wednesday. To facilitate communications, the county is setting up charging stations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobbies of county facilities in four cities at the following locations: 4545 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch; 151 Linus Pauling Drive, Hercules; 400 Ellinwood Way in Pleasant Hill and 1305 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond.

Anyone who has access to the Internet during the shutoff can get updates from the county at https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/.

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