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Update: SMUD reroutes over 8,000 south Sacramento customers to another circuit, restoring power

What utility crews are doing to restore the power

Power companies have a detailed plan for restoring power after storms. A first step is making sure power isn't flowing through downed lines. Restoration the kicks in based on established priorities. Here's a look.
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Power companies have a detailed plan for restoring power after storms. A first step is making sure power isn't flowing through downed lines. Restoration the kicks in based on established priorities. Here's a look.

Update: Power was restored late Thursday afternoon for over 8,000 SMUD customers in south Sacramento, after a circuit breaker failed and left them without electricity.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District crews rerouted customers to a different circuit, the company said in a statement.

Original story:

An outage early Thursday afternoon cut power for over 8,000 Sacramento Municipal Utility District customers in south Sacramento.

Local company equipment suffered some damage, SMUD said.

Nearly 500 customers reported a power outage in the Victoria neighborhood, according to SMUD’s outage map live estimates.

The cause — listed on the map as “damaged equipment” — is still uncertain, spokesperson Lindsay VanLaningham told The Bee.

“We have crews on the way right now,“ she said. “They’ll assess it when they get there to get a better indication of the actual cause.”

VanLaningham said the crews should reach the target location around 2:20 p.m.

SMUD estimates that power will be restored around 2:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the map. However, VanLaningham said timing could change when the cause of the incident becomes clear.

To check live updates, check SMUD’s live outage map.

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Caroline Ghisolfi, from Stanford University, is a local news reporter for The Sacramento Bee, focusing on breaking news and health care. She grew up in Milan, Italy.
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