Power first went out for at least 897 SMUD customers in Sacramento, California at approximately 10:55 p.m. Sunday evening. Within moments, several residents of the Orange Grove apartments had investigated and discovered that the whole neighborhood was without power.
At about 11:10 PM, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District had arrived at the apartment building to begin attempting to turn on a circuit breaker located at the site. At this time, Digital Journal spoke with the Utility worker on scene.
He confirmed to us that 897 people were out of power at the time of our conversation, and that several utility workers in the area had been dispatched to turn on various circuits.
At this point, they were unsure of the cause, and also unsure of whether their efforts would work. They theorized that the problem could have been coming from underground, and that power could be out for up to 48 hours. The outage soon was traced back to the substation at Myrtle and Date Avenue in North Highlands, and by 11:25 PM, the residents of the apartment building and the surrounding area had power again.
Following the outage, Digital Journal spoke to Timothy Smith, a resident of the apartment building.
The response by SMUD was remarkable. They were out here quickly, answered all our questions, and got us back up promptly. I was really impressed by their work.
Digital Journal also took several pictures while out at the location, unfortunately, none of the pictures came out clear.