SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

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Update by an edhat reader
September 7, 2019
 
6:45 p.m.: Painted Cave, Trout Club and the surrounding mountain communities are without power.  It is unknown if this is the planned outage for the 'wind event' or a result of the wind.  
 

Update by City of Goleta
7:30 p.m., September 7, 2019

The City of Goleta has been notified that due to weather conditions, SCE has shut off power this evening in the Gaviota area of Santa Barbara County. This includes:

  • Unincorporated area from Gaviota to Point Conception
  • Unincorporated areas west of Goleta

At this time, SCE cannot provide an estimate of restoration time. Power will be restored as conditions improve, crews conduct inspections, and determine it is safe to re-energize lines.

The following areas of Santa Barbara continue to be monitored for a potential Public Safety Power Shut-Off (PSPS):

  • Unincorporated areas near Gaviota
  • Unincorporated areas near Gaviota
  • Unincorporated areas near Las Flores Canyon

SCE is deploying a Community Outreach Vehicle equipped with backup power so that customers can charge their personal mobile devices and continue to receive updates about the outage. Water and snacks will also be available to customers. The vehicle will be stationed at Girsh Park located at 7050 Phelps Road in Goleta, and will be open from 9:00 p.m. to midnight tonight (September 7), and 7:00 a.m. to midnight tomorrow (if outage continues).

There are currently no areas within Goleta City limits that are being monitored for a PSPS. However, the shut-off could have residual impacts and is a good reminder to be prepared should a PSPS occur within City limits. 

Visit the SCE website for more information: https://www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps.

Helpful resources include:


Update by City of Goleta
September 6, 2019
 

The City has received updated information on SCE’s potential Public Safety Power Shut-offs in the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County. They are continuing to monitor weather conditions. The area in “Noleta", between the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta from Paradise Road down Turnpike Road to More Mesa, is no longer under consideration for a power shut-off.

However, the area between Dos Pueblos Canyon Road and Gaviota and along Refugio Road and Highway 101 north of Goleta is still under consideration, as are areas further north.

Again, no Public Safety Power Shutoffs have been initiated by SCE at this time.

Visit the SCE website for more information: https://www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps.

While this potential Public Safety Power Shut-off doesn’t impact Goleta directly this time, residents should be informed of what to do if a Shutoff were to occur in their area and takes steps to prepare now.

Here are some helpful resources:

Stay current by following the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management on Twitter at @SBCountyOEM.


By edhat staff
September 5, 2019

Southern California Edison (SCE) is considering a Public Safety Power Outage on Friday and Saturday within Santa Barbara County.

An alert was sent out to Goleta and Noleta residents warning them of the potential outage. An edhat reader reports they received an "aware and prepare" which stated the following:

Southern California Edison (SCE) has notified the public this afternoon that it is considering turning off power to certain areas in Santa Barbara County later this week.  One outage may occur between Dos Pueblos Canyon Road and Gaviota and along Refugio Road and Highway 101 north of Goleta on Friday (September 6).  Another outage may occur in the “Noleta” area between the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta from Paradise Road down Turnpike Road to More Mesa on Saturday (September 7).  More information will be provided as it becomes available.  If you live in or work in or near these areas, you should make necessary preparations for a possible multiple day power outage.  Call SCE directly at 1-800-611-1911 or visit www.sce.com/safety/wildfire/psps with questions related to this potential outage. For tips on how to prepare, go to ReadySBC.org and click “Preparing for a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS).

SCE's website states the Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) are due to weather conditions that may create the potential for elevated fire risk. Currently, 4,600 customers are "under PSPS consideration."

Maps listed as area 1-4 draw out where these apparent shutoffs may occur:

  • Area 1 Map depicts a large section surrounding Highway 154 leading through Turnpike and the More Mesa area.
  • Area 2 Map shows a parcel of land where Cathedral Oaks Road dead ends by Maria Ygnacio Creek in Goleta.
  • Area 3 Map illustrates the majority of Painted Cave Road and the Painted Cave community
  • Area 4 Map includes a large area of Highway 101 from Dos Pueblos Canyon to Gaviota.

 

According to the City of Goleta, SCE has not yet made the decision whether the PSPS will take place, but it could lead to multi-day power outages during extremely hot, dry, and/or windy weather. A PSPS outage will last as long as the potentially dangerous weather conditions exist, plus the amount of time it takes for power company workers to inspect and repair their equipment in the affected area(s).

Residents should be prepared for a power outage that could last 3-5 days.

Below are some resources:

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PitMix Sep 05, 2019 10:22 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Jail and government complex has those solar panels so they can keep power on during the day. Jail probably has emergency generators too.

a-1567698954 Sep 05, 2019 08:55 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

You know what's a good idea? Edison should focus on, and invest in, their equipment upgrades of area Map #1--NOLETA--.

a-1567705779 Sep 05, 2019 10:49 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Yes and put the electrical UNDER ground! There are power poles on both of the back corners of my yard, it's disgusting!

a-1567701400 Sep 05, 2019 09:36 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

I doubt SCE will reimburse. Check your renters/home insurance policy, mine has stipulations for spoiled food reimbursement as long as the outage originates off of my property.

a-1567701299 Sep 05, 2019 09:34 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

I'm sorry, but this is really 3rd World. Just because there is a risk of fire, they shut off the power to thousands of homes and businesses? How about they make sure their high-tech gear can handle the local conditions? This is beyond silly and I'm amazed no one is fighting them on this.

a-1567701766 Sep 05, 2019 09:42 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Not really so far from it - name one other civilized country that shuts down all power in the event of high temps and wind.

a-1567702049 Sep 05, 2019 09:47 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Z - it was a bit tongue in cheek, but why shouldn't we expect them to have high-tech gear? They have the $$ and the tech exists, I'm sure.

PitMix Sep 05, 2019 10:21 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Would cost a fortune to bury all of the power lines. Since they never lose money, are you prepared to pay a lot more in your bill for this?

Shasta Guy Sep 05, 2019 09:34 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

If you’re in the potentially affected areas, start making your plans to deal with all your freezer items. The outage may not happen at all, but if it does you will be pitching a lot of stuff unnecessarily.

a-1567701425 Sep 05, 2019 09:37 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Looks like west of El Sueno is within Area 1 and east Nomad Village , Blue Sky , Rancho Santa Barbara should be ok I think.

Icre84U Sep 05, 2019 09:57 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Just over a month ago during an extended SCE outage (18 hours, equipment related) I watched two of my idiot neighbors fumble around hooking up "Harbor Freight" and "Home Depo" generators, including splicing wiring and pouring gasoline over everything. Fortunately all remained safe, but there are unintended consequences with all actions, regardless how noble the intent.

a-1567703118 Sep 05, 2019 10:05 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

ICRE84U - good point. My whole neighborhood was swapping generator purchase info to "prepare" for one of these outages and I couldn't help but think - wouldn't the risk of fire INCREASE with hundreds of homes in a neighborhood all running amateur generators? The sparks, the gas, the risk of electrical "back feed" and all the other issues seem far more likely to spark a fire than just keeping the power on!

a-1567706169 Sep 05, 2019 10:56 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

10:05am: yup, definitely more risk. But to be clear, SCE is absolutely NOT concerned about the actual fires, they are concerned with their own liability associated with fires. They could care less if they are actually creating a more dangerous situation, as long as the liability doesn't fall on them.

d8vanilla Sep 05, 2019 10:10 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

What about the health risk of shutting off the electricity. People on ventilators , or air purifiers? what about the people that need their wheelchairs charged? Seniors with landline phones, that won't work if there's no power. Who will be responsible or liable if someone falls during a blackout....... falls, because they can't see a damn thing when it's pitch black.

a-1567703781 Sep 05, 2019 10:16 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Um, this is why they are giving advanced notice - there is no liability here. They are warning everyone in advance so people can make appropriate arrangements to prevent any problems during the blackout if there even is one. Also, the sun shines during the day so there will be light. Stores sell lanterns and flashlights and even nightlights that light up the room if the power goes out.

PitMix Sep 05, 2019 10:20 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Landline phones have their own power, so an old school phone with a direct connection to the phone line, not a cordless phone with an answering machine box, will work during an emergency until the phone lines are severed. We kept our landline for years for just this reason but finally gave it up.

a-1567706268 Sep 05, 2019 10:57 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Ventilators have about 8 hrs internal lithium rechargeable battery support . There are also external rechargeable battery packs that can last up to 24 hrs. They usually also keep several ( I have 3 ) back up bottles/tanks of compressed oxygen . But yes I am concerned and could die if my o2 saturation drops to low for too long while sleeping. I proubly won't sleep much.

MountainMan4865 Sep 05, 2019 03:36 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

This is not always the case. Up here on the mountain, the batteries in the community phone box are dead. When the power goes out, so does the entire phone system. Several of us argued with Verizon for nearly 5 years about this. They would haul a generator up here and have it run for days. Frontier finally replaced the batteries, but those are also now dead.

Potif Sep 05, 2019 04:43 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Landline phones will work with corded phones even if the power is off. That is why I maintain my corded phone line still, to this day. Could use the corded phone after the Northridge earthquake, while the power was out.

SBZZ Sep 05, 2019 10:10 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

OMG - they need to do a better job of mapping this out and to focus on turning off power strictly in the extreme fire risk areas - not south of 101 or even south of Cathedral Oaks or Foothill for that matter. But to do that I guess means that those circuits in the extreme fire areas also cover areas of less fire risk. Saturday afternoon and evening for Noleta/West SB looks like the main period of concern.

d8vanilla Sep 05, 2019 10:14 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

I'm sure some of those places will have backup power generators , but might take a little time to get them running. What about the hospitals doing some emergency procedure and has to wait till the emergency generators get going? Could mean the difference between life & death....
Or, I miss that important message that was left on my answering machine.

Potif Sep 05, 2019 04:39 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

The emergency generators at hospitals come on VERY quickly. I used to work at Cottage on the 11-7 AM shift, and the lights would seem to just “blink” a few seconds as the generators came on in a power outage.

a-1567703698 Sep 05, 2019 10:14 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

To be expected considering the lawsuits. This is what happens in an overly litigious society. You end up with this type of response, all kinds of weird and costly regulations and the like. Not surprised.

a-1567704284 Sep 05, 2019 10:24 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

I don't know if it's misguided, by I'm spoken to a few friends that will be creating unofficial "checkpoints" leading into their foothill neighborhoods. These are generally quiet neighborhoods with only local traffic, and the neighbors are very tight. During fire evacuations there are a lot of people cruising around, bad intent or not. They don't want non-locals up there for whatever reason when the power is out. And they figure the sheriff will be stretched very thin. At any rate, this will be a very interesting experience if the power is shut off for an extended period of time.

a-1567706026 Sep 05, 2019 10:53 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

WTF? This will not doubt create more issues requiring law enforcement response. Stay vigilant, sure, but leave law enforcement to the pros, please.

a-1567706633 Sep 05, 2019 11:03 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Again, I don't know if it's just neighborhood rumors. Or maybe they're just talking about a few of the neighbors sitting on lawn chairs at the bottom of the street with flashlights. But people are very concerned that the "pros" will have their hands full elsewhere for days on end.

tagdes Sep 05, 2019 11:18 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Is vigilante justice misguided?...gotta say I haven't heard a lot of good things about it. Be sure to let us know that all works out.

a-1567707844 Sep 05, 2019 11:24 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Please encourage your neighbors to stand down and allow local LE to protect your neighborhood from "lookey looers." The last thing we need are a bunch of armed neighbors firing off shots in the darkness of a black out at anyone who looks "suspicious." I can't believe I even need to warn against this.

a-1567708540 Sep 05, 2019 11:35 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

The "Pros" will be focusing on those areas where the power is out. Why would they be stretched thin somewhere else? If nothing else is going on, I'm sure there will be plenty to protect the Foothill neighborhoods. Please talk some sense into your neighbors.

a-1567705350 Sep 05, 2019 10:42 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

High high high density population, homes close together, off Puente all the way to More Mesa. This is NOT in high fire according to the grid (stops at Cathedral Oaks), so why endanger so many people south of #101 and along north and south of Hollister. Death trap if there is a fire and people need to evacuate (if they even know to do so, with power off). The tortured map shows that San Marcos Pass Rd is excluded, where the Sheriff's coroner headquarters are located, near Goleta Cemetery.

a-1567705675 Sep 05, 2019 10:47 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

Yikes and for 2-3 days?!?!?! I seriously hope not! I live over there and it is NOT even remotely a high risk fire zone but it would be hell.

a-1567713073 Sep 05, 2019 12:51 PM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

No, the coroner's office IS included in map 1 to be included in the outage... NOT a good idea for there to be an outage there this weekend, that's where the remains from the boat fire have been taken! NOT acceptable if they lose power.

a-1567706482 Sep 05, 2019 11:01 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

We have a wonderful community (San Roque, Samarkand, Mission Canyon, Montecito, Upper State, Milpas, Goleta), and if you know Noleta is suffering, you'll help us.

a-1567707667 Sep 05, 2019 11:21 AM
SoCal Edison Enables Planned Power Outage

How much $$$ do you think Vons will lose with spoiled food during a 2-3 day outage? Same goes for all the small local businesses there - Cody's, Dave's Dogs, etc..

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