A storm caused a tree to fall @ 4am Monday at the Foster St. end of our block. The tree fell onto electric lines, taking out 2 poles, blacking out the neighborhood and snapping the lines from a transformer in front of the house where Kit's staying, near the Skyway end of our block, with an incredible thundering, crackling explosion. I was up watching TV, which blacked out of course, and jumped up to check mom, then looked out the front window. I could see fire flickering across the street. The electric meter and circuit box on Kit's place blew, causing a fire just outside his son's bedroom. I ran over in time to see Kit extinguish the fire with a Super-Gulp cup full of water. A passing police unit advised him and his family to evacuate. I helped him get the kids and some stuff over to my place. We all spent two days here with no electricity, no phone, no TV, no internet. (Stove and hot water are gas, thank goodness.)
Electricity was restored Tuesday night, cable Wednesday morning. Kit's back at "home", but has no gas due to pre-existing outside gas leaks discovered by firemen. PG&E will have him back on gas tomorrow.
Another storm is expected tonight and it's been raining almost non-stop for a week. And here's the thing; Paradise has a high underground water table, so the trees don't have to send their roots very far down into the earth to find a water source. So even though the trees are lush, strong and healthy, they fall over left and right all over town when the ground is saturated and the winds are high....like now.
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