Parts of Santa Cruz Co. still in the dark

January 10, 2008 7:47:29 PM PST
Last week's storm caused as many power outages in the Santa Cruz Mountains as there were during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Several hundred people still don't have electricity on Thursday night. But a few dozen on Upper Zayante Road-- near Summit Road in Santa Cruz County have power now after they decided to clear the way for the power company.

David Devine is on day seven of filling up his generator with gas. Up here, David and his neighbors depend on power for both electricity and water.

"The biggest problem is water because we have our own wells so if it's not pumped up, you have no water to flush, no water to take a shower," said David Devine who is still without power.

David set out today to increase the odds that his area would get its power restored.

Several people living along Zayante Road joined forces to clear any obstacles that might get in the way of PG&E crews trying to restore service.

"You know that you are going to be the last and you can't complain about that or you wouldn't live here, but it is kind of a pain in the rear," said John Masterman who is without power.

On Thursday afternoon, almost all of the customers without power along Zyante got their lights back on but even with a generator running part-time it has been a long week.

"All of the food in the refrigerator has gone bad. The house doesn't have a fireplace so we rely on the gas heating which needs to be turned on by electricity unfortunately it gets pretty cold," said Richard Clews who is still without power.

Homeowners in the Santa Cruz Mountains say rather than complain, it felt better to take action today. They want service crews to feel welcome as they get to the last of the people still without power.

"When they come to this neighborhood, in this area, they are welcome with open arms, clean roads and happy people with cookies," said Devine.

As of Thursday afternoon, PG&E says it still has 630 people in Santa Cruz County without power -- in 108 locations.