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Jul 22, 2010 10:05 PM by Ariel Wesler

Residents lose power, phone, and internet service

PG&E says more than 600 people are still without power in Santa Maria tonight, but for some, that wasn't their only inconvenience today. Verizon says a tree trimming crew in Goleta accidentally cut a main data and phone line between Goleta and Solvang. The outage caused some 8,000 Verizon customers to lose home phone and internet service. Meanwhile, thousands of PG&E customers in Santa Maria were also left in the dark from an earlier power outage.


Thelma Cabanas of Santa Maria was planning to go to church when she realized she couldn't leave her house.

"At the time, I tried to open the garage, we don't have the power. So, I looked and at 7:00 exactly," Cabanas said.

Around 7 a.m., some 2400 PG&E customers lost power in the area south of Donovan Road to Main Street between Broadway and Suey Road.

"I just keep myself busy working in the yard. I just water my grass," Cabanas said.

According to PG&E, the main line failed on that far power pole. hat sent a massive amount of current shooting across these power lines, starting a chain reaction all the way down, ultimately knocking out a transformer at the end of the road.

And to make matters worse, some of those residents who are also Verizon customers lost their home phone too after a tree trimming crew accidently cut a main phone and data line between Goleta and Solvang.

"It's a little frustrating. I need the phone. We can't call anybody or anything," said Delila Rocha of Santa Maria.

They also lost internet service,which didn't exactly make a difference.

"Without the electricity, you can't go on the computer," Rocha said.

By 11:30 a.m., Verizon restored home phone and internet service to its customers and by 1 p.m. power was back on throughout most of the neighborhood.

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