Lights back on for Peninsula residentsBy Staff
The lights are back for all of the 25,000 customers impacted by Wednesday morning power outages along the Peninsula and in San Francisco.
Residents in Millbrae, San Bruno, Burlingame and Pacificia lost power at about 8 a.m. Customers in Pacifica had power restored just after 9 a.m. after PG&E re-routed the transmission of power through alternate lines. Electricty was restored for some San Bruno customers by about 10 a.m. The remaining customers saw their lights come back on at 12:15 p.m., according to a PG&E spokesman.
Due to the redirection of power supplies, San Francisco's financial district experienced relatively minor problems, including traffic lights going out, hotel elevators intermittently stopping and lights flickering around the city.
Some BART stations were left to operate without lights, and elevator and escalator service. A BART spokesperson said train service was not impacted.
In parts of Milbrae and Burlingame, business were forced to close their doors, and Mills High School in Milbrae and Capuchino High School in San Bruno already made the decision to send students home for the day.
Crews continue to try to fix the downed line, but because it fell into environmentally-sensitive area, a PG&E spokesman says repairs will take longer than usual because workers have to park at an access road, walk in with equipment and fix the line without trucks or cranes.
Copyright ©2005 KTVU. Published 01/19/2005.