SMUD Prepares for Outages During Storm

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Stormy weather in Sacramento can lead to busy days for SMUD crews. For others, the wet and windy conditions Sunday were a good excuse to take it easy.

“It kinda takes everything down a notch. Just kinda relax and enjoy it,” said Lori Magaletti.

But there was not much time for relaxation at the Round Table Pizza in East Sacramento.

“Definitely like okay gotta gear up, gotta schedule a couple more drivers,” said shift manager, Katie Macfarland.

Food delivery was in high demand.

“Dining room is pretty quiet, take outs we get a few, but its definitely a delivery type of day,” Macfarland said.

Over at East Sacramento Hardware, there’s been a high demand for a few different things.

Things like tarps, rakes and gutter extenders.

“The main thing is just to keep the water away from your house and the way to do that is to keep your gutters clear keep the sidewalks clear,” said store manager Paul Madrid.

The rain can cause issues for homeowners, but it’s not the biggest concern for utility concerns. Instead, SMUD says wind and lightning cause problems with power lines.

35,000 SMUD customers lost power during lightning strikes Friday.

Sunday, crews remained on high alert.

“We have a full compliment of crews on the ground and we’ve got lots of other kinds of crews, fault crews line crews tree crews and customer service reps on standby that we can mobilize at a moments notice,” said SMUD spokesperson Cara Chatfield.

SMUD urges everyone to avoid downed power lines. If you see one call SMUD or 911.

You can check for outages or report an outage on SMUD’s website here.

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