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Fallen Tree Branch Left Thousands Without Power Sunday

A widespread power outage Sunday affected more than 4,300 homes from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

A fallen tree branch left more than 4,300 Union City residents in the dark Sunday.

According to PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian, a branch fell on a power line and caused a blackout that lasted from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

The widespread outage affected 4,384 homes in the areas surrounding the northern stretch of Alvarado-Niles Road, she said.

Residents from as far as Tidewater Drive, located just off of Smith Street near Dyer Street, to neighborhoods near the library told Union City Patch they were without power for several hours.

Sarkissian said crews responded to the outage immediately and restored power to about 2,400 residents by 7 p.m.

“We want to apologize to our customers who were impacted by this,” Sarkissian said. “We know it was an inconvenience and we always work as quickly as possible to restore our customers’ power.”

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Edward September 05, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Union City has a policy of NOT topping CITY trees so they grow way above the power lines. When a branch weakens, they come down with devistating effect. Power lines, Cars, homes people and pets are all in the "FALL ZONE". PG&E has to fix the damage on their " Power Lines"...You have to fix the damage to your homes, cars and living casualties. With "Landscape and Lighting" fees right on your Property Tax Bill, Why do they not keep the trees safe?
EdwinT September 05, 2012 at 10:22 PM
One has to wonder where those that run the city aquire their brains. When I bought my home, a corner lot, in 1974 I was REQUIRED to have two trees on one side and one in the front yard. As Edward said the city does not top the trees. Now in the vast space of emptiness between their ears the city has desided to paint the curb of one side of one block on the opposite side of the Los Robles Apartments red, NO PARKING. Now residents of the courts fronting Almaden have to contending with cars belonging to the apartment dwellers taking up spaces in the courts leaving no parking for the home owners. Sometimes no government is better than having a government filled with morons.
Joan Cousins September 06, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I have an old land line corded phone so I could use a phone, cell phone had low battery and no way to charge. Need to use "breathing machine" and no power so sat quietly and worked word puzzles until dark and then lit candles and used flashlights. Never notice and appreciate things of need as much as when they are gone! NOW, I want to ask the city to PLEASE keep their trees, that we are required to water and landscape around, at least trimmed to avoid further inconvience. Also, I think if City tree roots disrupt the City sidewalk, the City should have to pay for the repairs and not the homeowner who didn't want the tree in the first place! Where did common scense and social courtesy go and who pays for the lack of it?
Diane Meeks September 07, 2012 at 12:42 AM
It was more like the lights did not come on until 9:45. I have called the. It's and told them about my trees hitting people in the head on top of cars so many times. A couple of weeks ago I called and told them it needed to be done now. He said it sounded like it was a ergent problem and would be coming out right away. Nope, have not seen any one. How many times do u have to call? It has been years.

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