Let the people have their SAY

Here are some comments by the local community on Facebook, when asked how the PGE shutoffs are impacting their lives:

\”Using a generator, candles, battery lights, propane, tank bbq all our food, less food shopping, it’s getting cold so we will need electric heaters powered by a generator, getting my child ready for school in the dark, lost a day of work until they got generators to run our store, had to spend $1000.00 for a new generator. Spent lots of extra money… Christmas is coming. Will we be in the dark. No money to buy our children gifts because living like this is expensive.\”

\”The expense to run a generator, no hot water for shower. The frustration and anxiety if and when the power is coming back on. I have generator There are so many that don’t. When I shut off the generator I have no communication if their was on emergency.\”

\”The first one I had to throw away everything in my refrigerator and freezer. This time I spent almost $1000 for a generator, extension cords and gas. Besides the food, I work from home and I am on a CPAP at night, so I didn\’t really have a choice. No work – no pay!\”

\”Impacts: I didn’t realize how expensive it would be to run the generator. I haven’t figured out how to service it yet and noticed the oil is getting darker and then I read a thread this morning that said it’s not made to run 24 hours at a time and I’ve been keeping mine on…worried. It’s added to my anxiety levels, I don’t want to create a fire and I have no water. This sounds all negative and I don’t mean to be negative. I’ve been enjoying some good books and painting. I’m also aware I have it better than most because of having some lights and a refrigerator going. I’ve never listened to the radio and now I do and it’s interesting company. It’s just an isolating event. There are a lot of nice and helpful people out there and I know if I have a real problem, someone will be there. Thankful. And I finally got a lot of my papers in order….what a chore. Last impact: power outages=weight gain lol….I’m not out working on the property because I don’t want to get too dirty\”

\”No power in North Redding since Saturday afternoon. Our home is all-electric … we have solar but still, PG&E can cut power. So this means No showers, cooking, coffee, internet, etc. you know the normals of life. We have lost all the food in the refrigerator twice now. Last time power was out for 5 days. We have tried to get a generator, they are hot commodities. We lost our home in Paradise…. so I’m grateful to have a home now  However, I pray PG&E figures this out because I do not want this to be new normal! It’s 2019, not 1920.\”

\”I live alone. Elderly. Rural. Lack of communication is real. Cell service is not available with power off out here. Lost hundreds and hundreds of dollars of food. Can’t afford a generator. It will take a year or two to save for one. No water during the fire season seems almost criminal. Insane. Lifting large buckets of heavy water to flush is not good with heart issues. This is not fun! There have to be better ways.\”

\”No generator. No water (well). No heat. Lost everything in the fridge and freezer last time and this time. Having a hard time keeping the horses and dogs watered.\”

\”I would like to save up to buy a generator. But that is hard to do when I have to pay to replace my groceries 3 times a month, pay for childcare when the schools are closed or miss work.\”

\”No work or school due to outage. We have a well, so living off of several containers of water stored. Flushing the toilet with pool water. Now it may be off for at least 2 more days?\”

7 thoughts on “Let the people have their SAY

  1. Anonymous October 28, 2019 / 6:59 pm

    Oh dear ~ do hope this situation gets settled soon ~ Sending you all positive energy hugs to get through this ~ Xox


  2. Anonymous October 28, 2019 / 7:07 pm

    Those every day things/conveniences we count on.I don't know how anyone recovers from this. Who do you complain to? Everybody in the same fix. 😦


  3. Anonymous October 29, 2019 / 12:45 am

    Oh, these poor people. I have so bad for them. I'm glad to hear you still have power, Debby. Me too. Thanks for sharing this. I like to know what's going on in other parts of California.~Sheri


  4. Anonymous October 29, 2019 / 11:39 am

    This is awful. I get what they're trying to do safety wise but thousands of people trying to run their lives on generators doesn't sound very safe either and most importantly PGE is costing people a lot of money which a lot of people don't have. Somebody needs to come up with a better solution. Also. I just read that they're shutting off MORE power.


  5. Anonymous October 29, 2019 / 4:44 pm

    This is so insane. I just can't believe it. Its so sad about all the fires. It continues to make me so glad I'm out of that state. betty


  6. Anonymous October 29, 2019 / 4:51 pm

    Gosh, I rely a lot on electricity right now. Alex and I are moving next spring, buying our first home together. We intend to set it up as off-grid as possible. We will be heating with a wood stove, we will definitely have our own well, and buying a small generator will be essential to our back up plan. When I lived in Montreal back in 1998, we had an ice storm. I was in an apartment with my two dogs and we didn't have any power for 2 weeks. It was a scary time. No clean water, no heat (this was January). The temperatures were well below zero. There were criminals out taking advantage, I was living alone and very scared. I went to the local convenience store for water and they were price gouging. There were riots. I think that was the worst time of my life. My parents told me I could come stay with them (they had a fire place) but I couldn't bring my dogs. A-holes. Shelters wouldn't accept pets either. From that experience, I've never lived in a rental that doesn't have a fireplace or wood stove. I also always have plenty of back up drinking and \”flushing\” water. People don't realize Debby how unprepared they really are until something happens.


  7. Anonymous October 29, 2019 / 11:38 pm

    I am left speechless


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