Residents in southwest Bakersfield neighborhood to experience power outage Thursday

Power outage will last from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A dozen residents at one southwest Bakersfield neighborhood will lose power Thursday due to the replacement of a power pole.

Residents at the 3700 block of Loma Vista Court are expected to lose power from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

PG&E warned residents a week ago that they would need to shut off electricity in order to fix a molding power pole, but residents weren't happy about the construction. 

"It's going to be hot and our foods going to spoil. I'll have to board my dogs and I'll have to find a place for me and my new born," said  Mary Ann Krating, whose house will lose power tomorrow.

Neighbors said they do understand that the pole needs to be replaced, but wonder why the electric company can't schedule it at a different time.

"They can wait a little bit more," said Marco Rios, another neighbor who will also lose power tomorrow.

PG&E representative, Tracy Correa, said the construction is planned yearly and can't be moved once it is already set.

""We do this throughout the year. So, work can't be rescheduled at the drop of a hat and we have to proceed," Correa said.

Although construction will continue tomorrow, 23ABC put together a list of tips to help people if they ever experience a power outage.

  • Move food to a cool ice chest. Make sure food remains under 40 degrees.
  • Keep your freezer door shut at all time. A full freezer can stay cool for nearly 2 days, if not opened.
  • If you're worried about food spoiling, fill and freeze plastic bottles to keep food in the fridge cool.
  • As temperatures sit in the 100's, you want to make sure you stay cool. Visit a cooling center or a friends house, if your home is too hot.
  • If you due experience food spoilage, you can make a claim with PG&E at 1(800)743-5000
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