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Safety issue in downtown Sac after power outage SMUD substation

According to SMUD, more than 500 people remained without power in downtown Sacramento Wednesday night, following a fire and explosion at SMUD’s downtown substation Tuesday. SMUD said it hopes to restore all remaining outages by Friday morning. Crews are working around the clock to restore energy. Until then, VanLansham urges everyone to stay safe. The outage is affecting traffic lights, many of which are still dark at intersections throughout the city. Some have described crosswalks as a game of chance at several intersections in downtown Sacramento. Sacramento residents Jessica Garza and Stevie Uzarewicz were darting through busy streets with street lights still off. “A bit busy,” Uzarewicz said. “There’s a bit of a rush of adrenaline, but you do what you have to!” However, those who spoke to KCRA 3 expressed concern about staying safe on the city’s unlit streets. “It’s very dangerous,” said Garza. “Actually, we are crept across the street and have to block people with our hands. Most people don’t even look at the street as far as pedestrians; they are looking at other cars. “There have been a number of collisions. Since the power failure started, including on I and 5 streets, where the traffic lights are still off. KCRA 3 was at the scene of a crash. hit traffic Wednesday afternoon and me and 5th Street, where the traffic lights weren’t working The City of Sacramento, or SacOEM, is putting up signs and taking other steps to warn drivers and pedestrians of street lights out at certain intersections. there for the duration of the event. But I really just encourage people when they are traveling downtown to just be aware of the ongoing power outage Just look in both directions and try trying to run across the street like hell,” said tourist Joseph Ledbetter, with others like Uzarewicz considering changing their outfits, saying they weren’t prepared. for the need to wear reflective clothing. As of 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, SMUD said the cause of the substation fire remains unknown.

More than 500 people remained without power in downtown Sacramento as of Wednesday night, according to SMUD.

This follows a fire and explosion at SMUD’s downtown substation on Tuesday.

“Something like this has really never happened before,” SMUD spokeswoman Lindsay VanLansham said.

SMUD said it hopes to restore all remaining outages by Friday morning. Crews are working around the clock to restore energy. Until then, VanLansham urges everyone to stay safe.

The power outage affects the traffic light system, many intersections in the city are still dark. Some have described crosswalks as a game of chance at several intersections in downtown Sacramento.

Sacramento residents Jessica Garza and Stevie Uzarewicz were jostling through busy streets with street lights still on.

“It gets a little hectic,” says Uzarewicz, “adrenaline is a little rushed, but you do what you have to!”

However, those who spoke to KCRA 3 expressed concerns about staying safe on the city’s unlit streets.

“It’s very dangerous,” Garza said. looking at other cars. “

There have been a number of accidents since the blackout began, including on I and 5 streets, where traffic lights remained out.

KCRA 3 was at the scene of a traffic crash Wednesday afternoon and me and 5order Streets where traffic lights don’t work. Sacramento police told KCRA 3 that there will be more officers present in powerless places.

The City of Sacramento’s Office of Emergency Management, or SacOEM, is putting up signs and taking other steps to warn drivers and pedestrians about turning off street lights at certain intersections.

SacOEM director Daniel Bowers said: “We have staff on duty to control traffic. going on. “

People out are trying to navigate downtown safely.

“Trying to see and run across the street was like hell,” said tourist Joseph Ledbetter.

Others like Uzarewicz are considering tweaking their outfits, saying they weren’t prepared for the need to wear reflective gear.

As of 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, SMUD said the cause of the substation fire had yet to be determined.

https://www.kcra.com/article/power-outages-downtown-sacramento-safety-concerns/38533329 Safety issue in downtown Sac after power outage SMUD substation

JOE HERNANDEZ

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