As we remain cautiously optimistic for Foss Valley…I wanted share part of my day, send a few videos and briefly mention PG&E.
This morning, my sis and I wanted to send food up Soda Canyon for the firemen… feeling that Anthony and the gang must have emptied their fridges last night. On the way there, we passed the PGE Base Camp which is off of Stanley Lane & 29 by Merryvale Starmont. There are hundreds of cars parked there. While we were waiting at the signal, a morning PG&E crew was just headed out with their fresh assignments. At least 25 trucks… and I know many of them were for Soda Canyon Road.
When we approached Soda Canyon we were stopped with a serious NO ENTRY. Much firmer than I've heard in the past. And we, like Cindy heard it was an "Active Crime Scene". We left the food for the Fire Crew with a Sherriff who took it up the hill for my friend Wayne to disburse.
While we were at the corner… several CalFire and Firetrucks were coming down off the hill. And as I turned to watch them drive off, there were multiple Davies Tree Service Trucks headed up Soda Canyon. The Sheriff said… "Only vehicles going up are PG&E and Davies".
When I drove up to my house on Monday afternoon… I was shocked by the number of downed trees and power lines hanging everywhere over the road and along the road. They have their work cut out for them.
Cindy heard from PG&E today that we may have power in a couple of days! Probably lower Soda Canyon, then working their way up. Truly amazing news based on what I saw on Monday. But will we even be allowed up to our homes then?
Cindy's report tells me they are VERY serious about getting our power repaired. I understand there is some sort of effort to blame PG&E for our fires, like the San Bruno fire. Have to say that I completely disagree with that. We have a LOT of power outages at the top of the road… lines snapping…because of trees falling on them. NOT because of PG&E's lack of maintenance. They have Davies come in and trim our trees regularly.
PG&E is stepping up to assist us, just as CalFire, Multiple State Fire Departments & Law Enforcement. And I truly thank them all. AND of course… Smokey, the Bandit, and Evil Knievel! And everyone else working behind the scenes.
Attached Videos: This morning …watching the PG&E departure from their base. The corner of Soda Canyon and Silverado Trl …trucks in and trucks out. A helicopter refreshing water supplies at Antica Winery and another dumping water. How handy that Antica has such an amazing water supply! Thank you Glenn for your participation also.
We will all get through this… one way or another. And I truly love how this 'community' is coming together to assist anyone and everyone.
My friend Wayne is still at my house and seems to have become the designated feeder of critters. Need food or water to a critter tomorrow? Let me know. He's calling himself "Cat Man" ☺
Glenn Schleuder responds:
Thanks Shelle, why we as a community, county, state do not have simple, rational procedures for shutting off the power lines in these extremely high wind, low humidity weathet events is absolutely baffling to me. I've seen this same thing now 2 or 3 times in my adult life where super high winds cause power lines to slap together or break, immediately sparking a ferocious wind driven wildland fire with immediate and devastating consequences. Excuse me but what am I missing here? Glenn
Diane Shepp responds:
Here's a thought how about burying the lines like they do in other communities? Power poles are 20th century technology. Diane
David Hallett responds:
I was amazed when I first came to the USA to see all the overhead powerlines in the cities. However quickly learnt how vast this country is, cost to relocate all the lines underground would be beyond belief. Maybe we could follow the Napa County/City plan and start by burying the lines on the roads frequented by the tourists. Certainly need a requirement in the building code for any new construction
Question folks- did the forecasted strong winds stay away last night. Stay safe you brave Remainers.
Lauren Griffiths responds:
David, So good to hear from you! Our hearts go out to you and Lynne. You have been in our thoughts and prayers.
Perhaps the Grand Jury could look into the power line infrastructure.
Shelle Wolfe responds at 9:28am:
YES, David… SO good to hear you. Letter writing campaign.
Eisabeth Meier at the Soda Canyon Store right now… National Guard there now. SO, no getting around them. No access.