Power out in Colusa County, Williams, elsewhere
The Christmas Tyme in Colusa was well underway when the lights literally went out on patrons Friday night because of power outages to hit a swath of Colusa County and areas along Interstate 5 including Williams and Arbuckle.
According to Pacific, Gas and Electric Co.'s power outage map on its website, the electricity went out in Colusa County at 6 :17 p.m. The cause was not known and about 3,900 were without electricity.
In Williams, about 2,200 people were in the dark. Further south in Arbuckle, more than 2,200 customers had no electricity, but power was expected back around 10 p.m., according to PG&E's website.
In Dunnigan, almost 1,000 customers were in the dark.
Outages had earlier been reported in Grass Valley, but were back on after 7 p.m.
At the Colusa festival, the damp weather and no PG&E power wasn't dampening spirits.
"I'm making the best of it. You cannot control the weather," said Laura Garcia of Colusa. "We are warming ourselves by eating homemade salsa."
Michael Phenicie, the Colusa High School band director, asked: "Could you see the band playing? You could hear the band playing, but you couldn't see us. We couldn't see either."
Despite the outage, spirits at the festival remained jovial and people were having a good time.
"It's good, we are having a great time," said Doug Weston of Charity Baptist Church who was handing out free nachos."
On Facebook, Stephanie Bolton said that a girls basketball game was moved to Maxwell because of the outage.
Another reported that lights flickered in the community of Sutter and a Linda resident lights flickering.
Christina Murphy Stohlman said she was at Pierce High School for a basketball tournament when power went out. After about a half hour of waiting, all games were called.