Power cut for last year's fire victims, food spoils… now what?

Monday, October 14, 2019
 | 
Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Paradise homes burntMillions of Northern California residents have now been without electricity for many days – after the state's largest utility shut off the power due to high winds and dry ground.

Pacific Gas & Electric is in the process of working out a settlement with Northern California residents affected by the 2018 wildfires – for about $30 billion dollars.

The conflagration consumed nearly the entire town of Paradise, which burned to the ground in the Camp Fire last November. Investigators blame PG&E power lines.

This week, when conditions in NorCal started to mirror those from last year, PG&E decided to cut power to more than a million residents to be safe.

Pastor Tim Bolin of Paradise Alliance Church was run out of town by the fire, and now, he has no electricity – again.

“They're being pro-active, at least,” Bolin said Friday. “We've been off power now for two days. There is wind. It's pretty significant, so it's understandable. But they're not helping anybody – especially people with oxygen.”

He got into the detrimental effects of PF&E cutting residents’ electricity.

“People are losing all their food,” he pointed out. “You can't find a generator in the whole north state. I mean, they're just – they're nonexistent.”

Wary from last year

The legal settlement from 2018 is forcing PG&E into bankruptcy protection.

It is believed PG&E is now trying to position itself in a favorable light, as Bolin says the million or more people now cut off from power is overkill.

“It's a political stunt, I feel,” the California pastor expressed. “That's my personal opinion. “I think they're covering their backsides – I really do. I don't know how else to put it. They say it's pro-active. I think they're running scared.”

Bolin's church has been feeding what's left of the Paradise community once a week, and he has a question for PG&E.

“How can they compensate us?” he asked. “It's costing us a lot of money. … Here at church, we have a huge walk-in freezer and refrigerator. All this food to feed these people are in there. Now it's spoiled.  

The Christian leader had a suggestion for the power company.

“It seems like they could give us a break on some of our electrical rates,” he offered. 

OneNewsNow tried to ask those questions to PG&E, but it didn't get back in time for publication.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Does President Trump deserve blame for a lack of progress on U.S.-Mexico border wall?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self
Bevin concedes in Kentucky governor’s race
Walmart where man killed 22 reopens amid increased security
Senate confirms White House lawyer as appeals court judge
Former Massachusetts governor joins Dem presidential race
New barrage of Gaza rockets fired into Israel

LATEST FROM THE WEB

The president - not diplomats - sets 'official foreign policy'
Franklin Graham: 'Pray for Kanye - the Devil will try to discourage & destroy him'
Jag's QB Nick Foles blasts 'prosperity gospel,' says life has 'trials along the way'
Pelosi refers to reporter as 'Mr. Republican talking points'
Kellyanne Conway rips into CNN's Wolf Blitzer

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
It could be Sessions' seat to lose, says analyst

AG Jeff Sessions speaking at DOJA political analyst has no doubt Jeff Sessions would win back his old Alabama Senate seat if he challenges the Democratic incumbent next year.