Oct 10

UPDATE: PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 7:16 pm by Clay Curtin

As of Thursday, October 10, there is no further immediate public safety power outage threat affecting communities in San Mateo County. While the City of Menlo Park continuously monitored the situation, no shutoffs affected Menlo Park residents during this incident.

For those in, or visiting, affected areas
PG&E has begun visual inspections of its transmission lines in San Mateo County, paving the way for restoration of power to nearly 15,000 customers in the impacted southern and coastal parts of the county. During visual inspections, you can expect to see low-flying helicopters and additional PG&E ground crews in the affected areas.

For communities that were impacted, PG&E has advised that inspections, repairs and restoration of normal electric service may still take several hours or days. Residents in affected areas are advised to exercise safety precautions until power is fully restored. 

For further updates on power restoration, visit www.PGECurrents.com.

Visit the PG&E website for more information on what to do before, during and after a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

Stay connected
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Follow the City of Menlo Park on Twitter and Facebook at menlopark.org/socialmedia.
Oct 09

City is closely monitoring the PG&E public safety power shutoff

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 6:26 pm by Clay Curtin

Out of an abundance of caution, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) announced a potential public safety power shutoff incident, which will affect areas of San Mateo County and the San Francisco Bay Area beginning at midnight, Wednesday, October 9. Current projections show that it is unlikely that this will affect Menlo Park customers; however, everyone should plan and be prepared for any power outage.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning due to gusty winds, high temperatures and dry conditions. If these conditions persist, and PG&E needs to turn off power, the outages could last for 4-5 days.

Menlo Park uses the countywide SMC Alert system to notify our residents during emergencies and large-scale incidents. Sign up to receive SMC Alert notifications at menlopark.org/smcalert

In the event of an actual emergency, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency public safety issues, call 650-330-6300.

Take steps to prepare for power outages
  • Follow us on social media for updates 
  • Sign up for SMC Alert notifications 
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers
  • Plan for any medical needs such as medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power
  • Have a personal safety plan in place for every member of your household (including pets)
  • Build or restock your emergency supply kit with enough supplies to serve each member of your family for at least 72 hours, including food, water, flashlights, a radio, fresh batteries, first aid supplies
  • Fill your vehicle’s gas tank and keep cash on hand, as electronic transaction devices, fuel pumps and ATM machines will be without power Learn how to manually open your garage door
  • If you own a backup generator, ensure it is ready to safely operate
Learn more about PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shut-off program at pge.com/psps.

Find out more information on ways to prepare at menlopark.org/ready

Updated shutoff areas map
Use the address lookup feature and affected areas map below to see if your Menlo Park property is near a public safety power shutoff affected area.
Note: This map and address search results are unofficial. For official results, visit the PG&E website (if available).
Oct 09

Road and lane closures coming to Marsh Road and Bay Road

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 5:12 pm by Clay Curtin

Marsh Road and Bay Road will have roadway and lane closures on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the next few weekends, October 12 and 19, for roadway maintenance. 

Marsh Road between Bay Road and Bohannon Drive/Florence Street will be reduced from two lanes each direction to one lane each direction on October 12. 

Crews will completely close Bay Road at Marsh Road, Saturday, October 12, and detours will be in place.

Emergency vehicle access will be available at all times. Please plan for and expect delays during the work. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience and understanding.

The City of Menlo Park is performing regular asphalt maintenance work along Marsh Road that started September 28 and is anticipated to be complete on October 19. This work is part of the City’s regular street resurfacing program, maintaining roadways throughout the City as well as adding new curb ramps, upgrading facilities to ADA standards, adjusting manhole and utility structure covers, sidewalk replacements, replacement of markings and striping, and other incidentals as necessary.