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Saratoga Readies For Storms

More than 200 PG&E customers from the city lost power Wednesday. Weather system continues through weekend.

More than 200 PG&E customers in Saratoga lost power Wednesday morning due to the storm system that's passing through the area and will remain through the weekend.

Although most had their power restored by 5:30 p.m., Saratoga officials are concerned of similar occurrences today, Thursday and as the skies and the weather conditions continue to dump rain and strong gusty winds on local residents.

Residents who encounter fallen trees, landslides and flooding on roads and public property should contact the city's Streets and Fleets Division at 408-868-1245 Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and every other Friday 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m., the municipality posted on its Facebook page.

At all other times, residents were urged to contact the Santa Clara County Communications office at 408-299-2507.

To find out about current road closures as a result of the storm, tune in to 1610 AM Radio, Saratoga's station.

Those with power outages and damaged power lines are asked to contact PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5002. It also offered the following safety tips for those experiencing blackouts as a result of the storms.

  • During power outages, use battery-operated flashlights instead of candles.
  • Customers with generators can help keep PG&E crews safe by hiring a licensed electrician to properly install generators.
  • To protect electrical circuits from being overloaded when power returns, residents should turn off or unplug electrical appliances after power outages. 
  • During power outages, previously frozen plastic containers filled with water can be used to keep food in your refrigerator/freezer from spoiling.
  • Residents should stay away from any downed power lines during and after storms, as they may be active and carrying electrical currents.

Free sandbags are available at the City Corporation Yard. There is a limit of 25 bags per person. Bags and shovels are available for residents to use.

Michelle McIntyre November 30, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I live in a relatively flat part of Saratoga and the last time we lost power, it was out for three weeks! So these tips are very helpful.

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