Thousands in Napa could be without water for week after quake

  • Sam Magro prays during an outdoor service for First Christian Church after a 6.0 earthquake on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 in Napa. The service was held outside because of flooding and concerns over the building's safety. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

Hours after the earthquake struck, thousands of Napa city residents were facing life without water and power, with no notion of when their situation would improve.

“The restoration of water is critical,” said Barry Martin, Napa city spokesman. “We’re ready to set up some stations to supply drinking water to people from trucks.”

City officials had warned that thousands of residents could be without water for a week before all of the breaks could be fixed. As of Sunday evening, 600 homes still were without water.

Residents in need of water can find it at three dispensing stations set up throughout the city: outside the Napa High School stadium, Las Flores Community Center and at a parking lot on Pearl and Main streets near the Napa Firefighters Museum. Residents should bring their own containers, city officials said.

There were 61 broken water lines Sunday, according to Napa fire officials.

Easier to quantify was the loss of power to PG&E customers.

More than 7,300 customers in Napa still didn’t have power as of Sunday evening, according to PG&E spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo. Nearly all of the service had been restored in Sonoma County, she said.

Paulo said more than 100 workers were out throughout the day assessing damage and looking for gas leaks. They received 439 customers calls about gas odors throughout the day, but by the evening 400 homes had been checked. Paulo said 20 homes were left without gas after workers found meters damaged by the quake.

The company will continue to do checks at businesses and homes in the coming days.

The quake initially had knocked out power to more than 60,000 people in Napa and Sonoma counties, including 27,000 in the city of Napa and 15,400 in the city of Sonoma, according to PG&E.

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