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16,000 lose power Wednesday night in Citrus Heights

SMUD power outage
A utility vehicle from SMUD leaves the scene of a collision involving a power pole Wednesday night on Sunrise Boulevard. // CH Sentinel

Sentinel staff report–
Thousands lost power in Citrus Heights Wednesday night, leaving residents and businesses without electricity for about an hour while utility crews restored power.

Residents lost power around 7:45 p.m. March 10, with power restored by 8:40 p.m. SMUD tweeted Wednesday night that the outage had been caused by a “car/pole accident” in Citrus Heights.

SMUD crews and Citrus Heights police units could be seen in the area of Sunrise Boulevard and Larwin Drive, with police blocking off a section of northbound Sunrise Boulevard between Larwin and Woodmore Oaks Drive. Wires and a severed pole could be seen dangling along the roadway, and a four-door sedan with significant front end damage was observed nearby on the side of the road.

According to SMUD’s online outage map, a total of 16,946 customers lost power during the outage. Businesses at Sunrise Boulevard and Antelope Road could be seen completely dark during the outage, with only traffic signal lights working at the intersection.

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