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Elk Grove power outage leaves 5,000 in the dark on July Fourth

How to prepare for a power outage

Here are some simple things you can do to be prepared if your power goes out.
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Here are some simple things you can do to be prepared if your power goes out.

A power outage struck Elk Grove at 8:46 a.m. on July Fourth due to a car damaging electrical equipment. The damage left 5,206 customers without power, according to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Earlier in the morning, as many as 11,348 customers were without power. The outage was reported by 562 customers.

By 2:45 p.m., power had been restored to all but 39 customers, according to SMUD’s online outage map.

To report an outage, visit smud.org/outages or call 1-888-456-7683, and turn off all electrical appliances and lights, leaving one light that crews can see from the street. That will help alert the crews to when things are back to normal, and help prevent a power surge.

Candice Wang, from Yale, is a local news reporter for The Sacramento Bee interested in climate change, sustainability, socioeconomic inequality, and culture. She grew up in Connecticut.
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