City of Santa Rosa advises drivers to use caution during PG&E outage, after multiple crashes – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

City of Santa Rosa advises drivers to use caution during PG&E outage, after multiple crashes - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
2nd round of PG&E outages delayed in Bay Area
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All Santa Rosa Junior College campuses and sites will remain closed on Thursday, due to the ongoing PG&E power outage. All activities and classes, including online, will be canceled. The college is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide further updates as information becomes available.

Santa Rosa officials are advising motorists to drive carefully in areas affected by PG&Es shut-off, after the city reported an increase in automobile crashes Wednesday.

There have been at least 11 crashes since midnight, 10 of which occurred at intersections with no working traffic lights, city spokeswoman Adriane Mertens said in an email. A majority of the crashes occurred during commute hours Wednesday morning. Mertens added that the crashes were caused by inattention, when drivers ran through intersections without stopping or not understanding the right of way.

In an absence of working traffic signals, state law calls for intersections that normally have lights to be treated as four-way stops.

PG&E power shutoffs bring back painful memories for North Bay fire survivors

Five of the crashes resulted in minor injuries, occurring at Maple and Santa Rosa avenues; Montecito Boulevard and Calistoga Road; Bennett Valley Road and E Street; Fourth Street and Brookwood Avenue; and Pine Street and Santa Rosa Avenue.

Mertens said in her email that the city has deployed extra stop signs at major intersections, including Highway 12 and Mountain Hawk Drive; Bennett Valley Road and E Street; Fourth Street and Brookwood Avenue; Mendocino Avenue and Steele Lane; and Montecito Boulevard and Calistoga Road.

The Santa Rosa Police Department reminded residents to drive with caution in outage areas through Facebook posts and videos Wednesday.

The Sonoma Valley Museum Art in downtown Sonoma closed Wednesday night. The museum and museum store will remain closed, pending further updates on the duration of the shutdowns.

You can reach Staff Writer Chantelle Lee at 707-521-5337 or chantelle.lee@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @ChantelleHLee.

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Doug Jones is talking batteries…the ones he uses for a medical device. With the #pgeshutdown this has become a location of last resort.He's in the PGE resource center, #SantaRosa at the Veterans HallThe device makes oxygen so he can sleep. #abc7now Doug is not not happy. pic.twitter.com/gY0miLGu3a

A bell was rung 44 times, once for every fire victim, both in Santa Rosa, and throughout the region. More than a dozen fires broke out on the night of October 8, 2017, and raged into the morning hours of October 9. Most were ignited by PG&E equipment that blew down and made contact with untrimmed vegetation. Winds made the fires uncontrollable, and Santa Rosa's Tubbs Fire roared in from Calistoga in only a few hours, jumping a freeway and engulfing entire neighborhoods. 

Chris Snider owns the the Baskin-Robbins in St. Francis Mall with her husband, Don. Working in the freezer with light from a battery. hoping the ice cream does not melt. Not happy. At all. Her mood…colder, even, than all those gallons of 31 flavors. #pgeshutdown #abc7now pic.twitter.com/7EBbz4mwvy

Angel Ramos, manager of Wiseman's Valero at Farmers Lane and Hwy 4 in East Santa Rosa spent this morning loading out perishables. She hopes the power stays on when they get there. #pgeshutdown #pgeshutoff #abc7now pic.twitter.com/IoVLd2MnYP

When the walk-in refrigerator stops working Wednesday, Weinberg will worry about perishables like the 500 fresh oysters just delivered. But he will also be thinking about how the restaurant burned to the ground in the firestorm. Its new location is well outside the fire zone, except that now the risk seems to be everywhere.    

The Safeway in Sonoma has some lights on! But not enough to be open for business. Hopefully it is enough power to save their food. pic.twitter.com/dPb8UDzWIr

JUST IN: Good News, the Caldecott Tunnel WILL stay open during the #PGEpowershutdown, per @CaltransHQ Caltrans has brought in 4 generators (theyre currently using 3) pic.twitter.com/7T6Ik26HKh

Most communities have already spread word: all Sonoma County schools are closed Tuesday, including Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College. Tuesday evening, residents were responding to the midnight shutdown by rushing out to gas stations and grocery stores. 

Oakland Zoo officials are worried about their food supply and animals during the PG&E power outage, especially the endangered species who cant afford to lose power, even for a moment.

"If they are not sure they can't prevent a massacre overnight, then please shut the power off," said Tunis."I'd rather be hot and my food go bad, than dozens more die." 

An estimated 14,000 to 15,000 homes and businesses in portions of San Mateo County are expected to lose their power.

Co-owner Jamis MacNiven closed Bucks Restaurant in Woodside at 11am, heeding the original ⁦@PGE4Me⁩ noon power shutdown. The projected time has been pushed back several hours. Bucks is a local institution where high tech deals are struck over coffee. #psps #abc7now pic.twitter.com/qG4WRPakhy

With ⁦@PGE4Me⁩ pushing back the power shutdown in ⁦@sanmateoco⁩ for several hours due to the changing forecast, anticipation and anxiety build. Cashier Kim Torres at Woodsides Roberts Market says she has never seen such panic among customers. #psps #abc7now pic.twitter.com/T6bRv941ut

Doug Jones is talking batteries…the ones he uses for a medical device. With the #pgeshutdown this has become a location of last resort.He's in the PGE resource center, #SantaRosa at the Veterans HallThe device makes oxygen so he can sleep. #abc7now Doug is not not happy. pic.twitter.com/gY0miLGu3a

Chris Snider owns the the Baskin-Robbins in St. Francis Mall with her husband, Don. Working in the freezer with light from a battery. hoping the ice cream does not melt. Not happy. At all. Her mood…colder, even, than all those gallons of 31 flavors. #pgeshutdown #abc7now pic.twitter.com/7EBbz4mwvy

Angel Ramos, manager of Wiseman's Valero at Farmers Lane and Hwy 4 in East Santa Rosa spent this morning loading out perishables. She hopes the power stays on when they get there. #pgeshutdown #pgeshutoff #abc7now pic.twitter.com/IoVLd2MnYP

The Safeway in Sonoma has some lights on! But not enough to be open for business. Hopefully it is enough power to save their food. pic.twitter.com/dPb8UDzWIr

JUST IN: Good News, the Caldecott Tunnel WILL stay open during the #PGEpowershutdown, per @CaltransHQ Caltrans has brought in 4 generators (theyre currently using 3) pic.twitter.com/7T6Ik26HKh

Oakland Zoo officials are worried about their food supply and animals during the PG&E power outage, especially the endangered species who cant afford to lose power, even for a moment.

An estimated 14,000 to 15,000 homes and businesses in portions of San Mateo County are expected to lose their power.

Co-owner Jamis MacNiven closed Bucks Restaurant in Woodside at 11am, heeding the original ⁦@PGE4Me⁩ noon power shutdown. The projected time has been pushed back several hours. Bucks is a local institution where high tech deals are struck over coffee. #psps #abc7now pic.twitter.com/qG4WRPakhy

With ⁦@PGE4Me⁩ pushing back the power shutdown in ⁦@sanmateoco⁩ for several hours due to the changing forecast, anticipation and anxiety build. Cashier Kim Torres at Woodsides Roberts Market says she has never seen such panic among customers. #psps #abc7now pic.twitter.com/T6bRv941ut


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