Power Outage Affects 2,000 Santeeans on Hot Day

Power was lost to about 2,000 homes for 30 minutes and 500 homes for about six hours on Thursday.

San Diego Gas and Electric confirms that a power outage affected service to about 2,000 Santee homes Thursday afternoon.

Shortly before 3 p.m., SDG&E said a piece of equipment, a switch, became damaged and failed.

Power was returned within half an hour to the majority of residents, but 500 homes remained without power until 8:35 p.m. as a repair crew replaced the damaged switch, according to SDG&E spokesperson Allison Zaragoza.

She confirmed that the outage was not planned, and had nothing to do with the heat wave happening this week.

Santee Patch received reports Friday morning that the outage took place in the area of the .   

Bill and Gloria Jones, residents of New Frontier, and one of the 500 unlucky homes, expressed concern for the elderly that the power was lost on such a hot day.

"We would like to know why all people were not notified especially on the hottest day so far. We have people living in over 300 homes who are age 55 and older. These homes have to have AC as they heat up quickly."

SDG&E said they attempted to notify all residents that they could.

Vanderbilt Ventures, Inc. August 27, 2011 at 12:19 AM
This highlights the fact that even customers from the #1 utility in reliability can still face the occasional power outage. With modern technology requiring power to function, it is important for businesses to perform internal resumption plan audits to provide assurance that they may quickly recover operations when the unexpected occurs.
Roger Simpson August 31, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Thanks so much, I have now signed up for you Patch. Roger


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