There are about 60,000 customers in Humboldt County as of Wednesday morning, according to Humboldt County officials.
“This is just a power shutoff,” said Sheriff William Honsal on Wednesday morning at a press conference. “This is not a local emergency.”
He said that the power could be out for a few days locally. And he said that he understands the stress it is causing.
“It has made a huge impact on the economy here, on personal services, being able to get gas, groceries, send kids to school. We recognize that and we understand that,” Honsal said.
PG&E power outages
There is currently no estimated time for the return of power, according to PG&E’s outages website.
As of Wednesday afternoon, a planned relief center was not open, according to PG&E spokesperson Deanna Contreras. The center at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds at 3750 Harris Street is set to open at 8 a.m. Thursday, Contreras said.
Mail delivery and post offices
Local post offices might not have power to do some services, but mail will be delivered, the postal service said in an email statement.
“Due to the PG&E planned power outages across Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte, Siskiyou, Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Napa, and Solano Counties Postal Retail and/or Business Mail Entry services may be impacted,” the email stated. “If power is lost credit and debit payments will not be accepted until power is restored.”
The USPS said mail delivery is “not impacted” and once power is restored all services will continue.
The following is a list of the schools that are currently closed, according to the Humboldt County Office of Education:
- Southern Humboldt USD
- Big Lagoon School/District
- Trinity Valley Elementary
- Fuente Nueva Charter School
- Pacific View Charter School
- Cuddeback School/District
- Coastal Grove Charter School
- Fortuna Elementary School District
- Rio Dell School District
- Trinidad School/District
- Scotia School/District
- Loleta School District
- McKinleyville Union School District
- HCOE Student Programs (incl all Glen Paul programs at Fortuna & Peninsula)
UPDATE: The following schools will be open on Thursday:
- Blue Lake School District
- Eureka City Schools
- Fortuna Union High School District
- Klamath Trinity Joint Unified School (except Trinity Valley El.)
- Kneeland School
- Mattole School District
- Redwood Coast Montessori
- Orick School
- Maple Creek (via independent study)
- South Bay Union School District
Both St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and Redwood Memorial in Fortuna are open and operating on generators.
“As expected, PG&E interrupted power early this morning around 1:15 AM and both Redwood Memorial Hospital and St Joseph Hospital are now on generator power,” the hospital said in an email statement. “Systems are functioning well overall. Caregivers are doing a wonderful job taking care of patients in a calm and professional manner.”
Caltrans is urging drivers to treat all intersections with signals as stop signs as many traffic lights are out due to the ongoing outages.
“You may have noticed traffic signals along U.S. 101 in Eureka have been flashing red or are off due to the PG&E outage,” Caltrans said in an email Wednesday. “It’s important to treat these signals as an all-way stop and allow those that stopped before you at the intersection to proceed. Or as DMV puts it: ‘Proceed cautiously as if the intersection is controlled by ‘STOP’ signs in all directions.’ “
The message signs on the highways in southern and northern Eureka caution drivers of the outages.