CITRUS HEIGHTS —
A Wednesday night utility project in Citrus Heights required power to be shut off to SMUD utility customers in the area of Sunrise Boulevard and Twin Oaks Avenue.
The temperature in the neighborhood was in the mid-80s in the 10 p.m. hour, and was expected to cool only into the low 70s, according to a National Weather Service forecast.
“They’re going to shut off our air conditioners, our power,” a concerned resident named Becky told FOX40. “You know, it’s kind of crazy.”
Becky said she will be miserable without air-conditioning on such a warm night and questioned why the project could not have been postponed until a cooler night.
A SMUD spokesman said he understands the concern but the project needed to move forward as scheduled.
The work is part of the “Sunrise Boulevard Complete Streets Improvement Project.”
Wednesday night’s phase involved moving power poles to make room for a new sidewalk.
Affected residents received notices posted outside their homes on Saturday informing them that power would be out from about 9 p.m. Wednesday until 5 a.m. Thursday morning.