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Blackout warnings for police; PG&E giving notice to ease traffic jams, San Francisco


April 02, 2001
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Blackout warnings for police; PG&E giving notice to ease traffic jams, San Francisco

By Bernadette Tansey
March 30, 2001, Friday, Final Edition
The San Francisco Chronicle

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Authorities who have been caught flat-footed by rolling blackouts will get detailed information in advance from PG&E on which blocks will lose their lights during any future outages. Responding to San Francisco's plea for better notice to avoid dangerous traffic jams, Public Utilities Commissioner Carl Wood has ordered Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to share a map of its circuitry with the mayor's Office of Emergency Services.

The information will help police officers find out more quickly which intersections will go dark. Traffic signal outages create backups and potential dangers to pedestrians and motorists, said Lucien Canton, director of emergency services.

Police now get only sketchy information from PG&E about the blocks where power might go out, Canton said.

Full story: Blackout warnings for police; PG&E giving notice to ease traffic jams, San Francisco





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