Update: Power restored to North Beach area after underground electrical lines struck

All PG&E customers in San Francisco have had their power restored following an outage that at its peak cut off power to 6,100 customers along the city’s northern waterfront and North Beach neighborhoods, a utility spokeswoman said.

Construction crews digging near the intersection of Stockton and Chestnut streets struck underground electrical wires, causing the outage at about 1:15 p.m., PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.

Within five minutes of the outage, power was restored to about 2,800 customers. Another 1,050 or so were restored by 2:20 p.m. and the remaining customers had power again by around 2:45 p.m., Sarkissian said.

Sarkissian said PG&E crews are out making repairs this afternoon and that they haven’t determined whether the construction crews called 811 prior to digging.

She said the incident serves as a reminder to anyone planning to dig to call 811 at least two days prior in order to get a free safety evaluation of the area by PG&E.

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