’20-year wind event’ forces East Bay parks closures


SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 20: A view of power lines during a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) public safety power shutoff on November 20, 2019 in Santa Rosa, California. PG&E has cut power to over 450,000 residents throughout Northern California as extremely windy and dry conditions are increasing the risk of catastrophic wildfires. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

LAFAYETTE (KRON) – Residents in parts of the East Bay can expect to have their power shutoff this weekend due to a wind event that is forecasted to last through Wednesday.

Lafayette police confirmed that parts of Moraga, Orinda and Lafayette will lose power Sunday afternoon around 4:00 p.m. with power expected to return Wednesday morning due to a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff.

PSPS events occur to selected areas in response to severe weather in an effort to prevent wildfires, according to the utility company.

Officials have scheduled to increase neighborhood police patrols as well as increase resources for the Contra Cost County Fire Protection District.

Regional East Bay parks will also be closed from Sunday through Monday in what they are calling a “20-year wind event.” The closures include:

  • Anthony Chabot Regional Park (including Anthony Chabot campground)
  • Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve
  • Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
  • Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area
  • Lake Chabot Regional Park
  • Leona Canyon Open Space Regional Preserve
  • Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park
  • Roberts Regional Recreation Area
  • Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve
  • Tilden Regional Park
  • Wildcat Canyon Regional Park (including Alvarado Park)

Updated information about the PG&E’s PSPS event can be found at www.pge.com.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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