This morning’s super-concentrated storm was a doozy! Here’s a view from the perspective of emergency responders, via a press release from Humboldt Bay Fire:
The Humboldt Bay Fire-Eureka Police Dispatch Center processed 39 emergency calls for service in 30 minutes this morning when high winds and rain moved on shore. Most of the calls were for downed power lines, trees across roads, and flooded roadways. However, Humboldt Bay Fire did respond to a reported structure fire on the 2500 Block of Pine Street during the weather event. Upon arrival at the structure fire units determined that the weather had caused electrical issues within the residence but there was no fire. There was damage to appliances in the residence from the weather caused power surges. Personnel ensured that there was no further threat to the residence. The Battalion Chief on scene held two units for a short time and released the other responding units to handle the flurry of calls that were coming in for other emergencies.
At one point in time, all fire personnel were committed on various incidents. Fire officers triaged each call as they arrived on scene, made the situation safe and notified the appropriate agencies to respond. They then moved on to the next call and coordinated additional responding resources. Although there was a significant draw on resources, Humboldt Bay Fire, City of Eureka Police, City of Eureka Public Works and Pacific Gas and Electric personnel were able to coordinate and respond to all of the immediate incidents. As this weather moves through the area, we continue to field calls for service.
Residents should be prepared for possible power outages. If you come across a down wire, do not approach it. Although lines may look safe, they may still be energized. Please report the line down and we will respond to the hazard.
With the current stormy weather, Humboldt Bay Fire recommends having flashlights available instead of using candles. If possible, avoid going out in the weather until it passes.