A power outage in Mountain View this morning affected thousands of PG&E customers, turning traffic lights all along El Camino Real into four-way stops. This is the second PG&E power outage in Mountain View this week.
The power outage started around 8:07 a.m. and affected the area along and South of El Camino Real west of Highway 85. The initial outage affected 2,900 customers, according to PG&E spokeswoman Monica Tell.
Tell said that as of 10:15 a.m., power has been restored to all but 267 customers in Mountain View -- residents located northeast of Victor Way. The estimated restoration time for the remaining customers is 1 p.m. this afternoon.
Power to traffic lights on El Camino Real was restored by around 9 a.m. this morning, according to Mountain View police.
The outage occurred when a squirrel came into contact with PG&E equipment in Mountain View and caused a downed power line. Tell said downed power lines can be live wires and a safety hazard, and if residents see a downed power line they should call PG&E or 9-1-1.
A power outage affected Mountain View earlier this week on Monday, Aug. 18 when a contractor doing work for PG&E "impacted" a power line on Escuela Avenue, causing a brief outage for 3,165 customers in the downtown area, including Caltrain.