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10,000-plus lose power in 2 outages

While Valley residents lost no sleep over the recent rains, more than 10,000 PG&E customers lost power at one time or another over the weekend.

Friday night, 6,133 customers in Sonoma and into the Springs lost power for up to five hours when a switch failed at an underground vault on Fifth Street West just north of West Napa Street and adjacent to the parking lot in front of Sonoma Market. Most of the west side was in the dark when two circuits went out, according to Jana Morris, a PG&E spokesperson.

Some residents had their power restored in about two hours, while the last was restored at 2:51 a.m. One motorist called the power outage eerie, saying that while the stoplights at Fifth Street West and West Napa Street were working, that was the only light she saw. She said she couldn’t see either Safeway or Sonoma Market in the darkness.

PG&E workers were at the vault for a number of hours Saturday, replacing parts and filling more than a quarter of the busy market’s parking lot with trucks and a big, 18-wheel tanker, into which they were pumping the water and oil that had flooded the underground vault.

While crews worked at the vault on Fifth Street West, up-Valley customers had their power go out at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

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