Bennett Valley residents have been left in the dark over and over this year

16 December 2022

Craig Harrison has lived in Bennett Valley for 20 years. Power outages have always been a part of life in the rural Santa Rosa area, but this year, they’ve become more than a monthly occurrence. Between September and November alone, the lights went out seven times by his count.

“It’s fair to say that you have a lot of very annoyed customers out this way,” Harrison told me.

Without notice, power to more than 800 households curling around Trione-Annadel State Park might go out for a few minutes or almost a full day. One October outage left over 1,200 east Santa Rosa residents in the dark for 20 hours.

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