Equipment Failure Causes Blackout to 3200 Homes

Portions of the neighborhoods of Rex Manor, Shoreline West, North Whisman and Whisman Station affected by power outage.

Swaths of Mountain View blocks sat in the dark Saturday night after an equipment failure caused a power outage to 3200 customers, the electrical company confirmed Monday.

Mostly concentrated in the Rex Manor neighborhood, but stretching as far as Whisman Station, reports of the blackout started to come in at 7:30 p.m. on Apr. 21, according to PG&E Spokeswoman Fiona Chan. Some customers had no electricity for 15 hours.

A PG&E overhead conductor–a connector that allows an electrical charge to pass through it–located on the 1300 block of Montecito Avenue was the piece of equipment that failed, Chan confirmed.

By 10 p.m., the company had restored electricity to 2000 customers and to another 650 by midnight.

The remaining 550 had service back around 10 a.m. Sunday morning, noted Chan.

The cause of this outage is still under investigation, customers are welcome to file a claim. For more information, please visit www.pge.com/claims.

The took out power to almost 3,000 customers on Christmas Eve 2010 due to a PG&E transformer failure.


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Claudia Cruz April 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM
The last time I sat in the dark for a few hours, I fortunately had a gas stove and lots of candles. (Note to self: keep your electronics charged and have extra batteries!).


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