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SDG&E fully restores power to back country residents

On Friday night time, SDG&E has restored power to the 1000’s of back country residents pressured to spend a part of their thanksgiving at midnight.

JAMUL, Calif. — The lights are back on in East County.

On Friday night time, SDG&E has restored power to the 1000’s of back country residents pressured to spend a part of their thanksgiving at midnight.

“Come on in, we’re open, sort of,” mentioned Kristi Wolfe, Lyons Valley Trading Post worker.

The Lyons Valley Trading Post did not have power like most people out within the Jamul space.

“We are so done, we are over it. The generator has been running all night,” mentioned Jonna Larson, resident.

You might hear the shop’s generator buzzing out back behind the shop.

“The hills are alive with the sound of generators,” mentioned Wolfe.

While the generator saved the shop from spoiling $1,500 in meals, the ice cream melted.

“That’s a goner for us, we will try to somehow recoup that,” mentioned Wolfe.

Because of the Red Flag warning and excessive fireplace hazard, SDG&E put 53,000 clients on discover that they could possibly be impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff. 

Starting Wednesday, greater than 4,000 clients lost power and it was restored by Friday earlier than 4 p.m.

“Candlelight dinner, Thanksgiving 2021,” mentioned Tony Cosmano, resident.

Despite the power outage the Post’s doorways didn’t shut.

“You want to make sure they know they have a place to come even if we don’t have power, the door is still open,” mentioned Wolfe.

And open for dialog.

“It’s nice to have a convenience store so we don’t have to go into town, you know we don’t like the city,” mentioned Rick Isaac, resident.

One factor people nonetheless have to go to city for throughout an outage is propane.

“Soon we will be hooking up to a bigger generator where will be able to provide propane in times like this, that’s our biggest problem now, now they have to go to town,” mentioned Wolfe.

While households are staying optimistic East County residents hope this gained’t be lifestyle for lengthy.

“This is going to keep happening until something, something gets fixed I know the back country is certainly getting neglected,” mentioned Wolfe.

Around 1 p.m. simply as News 8 was about depart the coolers lit up.

“Here we go, we are back in business,” mentioned Wolfe. “That is a happy ending right there.”

SDG&E’s Public Safety Power Outage was deliberate till Saturday, however they suspended it Friday night time.

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