Power to the people, PG&E, pretty please

If a house is without power, but there’s no way to phone PG&E to report the outage, is my power still off?

Yes. But we’re not alone. More than 1,000 Redding area north state homes remain powerless. And PG&E reports that recent storms robbed 2.3 million homes and businesses of power. We in the remote areas may not have power restored until Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Boo hoo.

I won’t take it personally that much of Igo has power, yet Greenberg Acres doesn’t. We’ll survive. We have a generator that we plug in a few hours a day to feed precious electricity to key places: the freezer, the refrigerator and a living room floor lamp that now stands tall in a most silly way on my kitchen island.

Fortunately, we can use our propane fireplaces and cook tops. Unfortunately, our spanking new wireless Internet service doesn’t work without electricity.

Bad timing for this new Web site’s maiden voyage. We’re still relying upon friends’ kindness and wireless.

Doni Chamberlain
Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke of the Czech Republic. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.
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5 Responses

  1. Avatar Jeff says:

    My 2-day power outage was just long enough to appreciate how much our modern world revolves around electricity. That you're going on a week must be tough — like camping without the fun. I'm happy (and impressed) that the site has continued to develop with new content despite this big hurdle.

  2. Barbara Rice Barbara Rice says:

    I'm just up the road from you, yet my power was restored within 24 hours. I was fully expecting to be without electricity four or five days. I can't imagine how they make determinations of who gets priority.

  3. Avatar Beverly in Eastern S says:

    We haven't been to Redding to check on our little "spike camp" there because of road conditions up here. I only hope that the power in the "city" has been restored. A few months back, our well pump went south; so we were without water for a couple of days until the pipes could be pulled and the pump replaced. We found that being without power is almost a piece of cake compared with being without water. No power is no fun, but at least a generator keeps toilets flushing and freezers and refrigerators humming. I saw a battery-operated floor lamp in a recent catalogue, and I'm thinking of ordering one or two. It would be nice to be able to read in front of the wood stove using a light source other than a flashlight during a power outage.

  4. Avatar Stephenie says:

    I am just amazed that our power never went out, I am very thankful. I now appreciate those high voltage linemen that restore our power during awful weather. Our son is a high voltage lineman and recently moved to Utah to work for Rocky Mountain Power. After listening to his stories of lineman work and climbing 75' poles I am cured of complaining about losing power. I give a hand to all those linemen out there. Just picture what it is like to be hanging on to a power pole when winds are blowing hard enough to knock trees over.

  5. Avatar Evan Nelson says:

    somehow there is mind power in everyone of us, we just need to develop it :."