Critical business areas spared PG&E outages in Portola Valley and Woodside


Many streets in Portola Valley and Woodside lost power due to PG&E's precautionary shutoffs at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, but businesses and residences close to critical business areas and main roads tended to be spared, according to residents contacted by The Almanac.

Danna Breen, who lives across the street from Corte Madera School along Alpine Road in Portola Valley, said her power never went out. The neighboring Portola Valley Ranch neighborhood also had power, she said.

"It was kind of a relief to wake up to power," Breen said.

But Portola Valley Town Hall on Portola Road has its power cut and was operating on generators, according to public information officer Kari Chinn.

The power was also out on streets, such as Wayside Road, Hayfields Road and Santa Maria Avenue in the western hills behind the Town Center, according to internet accounts.

In Woodside, the western hills area from Wunderlich Park west to Skyline Boulevard were without power, as well as parts of Whiskey Hill and Mountain Home roads, according to Town Manager Kevin Bryant.

"Everything east of 280 has power and everything north of Woodside Road has power, including the Emerald Hills and Glens neighborhoods, although we're on backup generators at Town Hall," Bryant said.

Roberts Market, Woodside Elementary School and Woodside Village Church still had power, he said.

Kit Colman, who lives near Old La Honda Road in the hills but works at the church, said the power was out at her home, but still on at the church, while Hans Luemers, an Old La Honda Road resident, said he woke up to find the power out Thursday morning.

Vicki Coe, who lives at the base of Kings Mountain Road in Woodside, said there was no power shutoff at her home.

However, a second home at Martin's Beach on the coast was without power.

PG&E will be checking wires and utility systems all day Thursday in areas where the power is cut off using ground crews and low-flying helicopters, according to a release from the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services.

The utility was expected to end the emergency shutoffs at noon but it will probably take much longer to bring the power back up, according to PG&E reports.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 11, 2019 at 3:21 pm

If these power outages don't convince you that California is a basket case, nothing will.

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Posted by John
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Oct 11, 2019 at 7:25 pm

People whining about power outages should look at video from LA fires right now. Or the ones last year and year before.

I would gladly trade my 2 days of inconvenience to have a home and to keep my family alive.

1000% supportive of PGE and hope they continue to err on the side of caution.

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Posted by Well John,
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 12, 2019 at 7:35 am

Do you think PG&E should focus more of their money on hardening their lines rather than executive parties, bonuses and shareholder payouts?

I support the caution of the shutdown as well, but I know the shutdown was only needed because of a failure on PG&Es part to prioritize the safety of their transmission lines above monetary gains.

It's like letting a car's brakes wear down to nothing then supporting the idea of driving very slowly because of the worn out brakes.

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