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Extreme heat affects BART services at Concord and Pleasant Hill stations


CONCORD, Calif. (KGO) — Some PGs&E customers in the East Bay have now had their power restored after losing power for approximately 20 hours.

PG&E crews could be seen above ground in Concord, working to try to restore power on Tuesday evening.

“He passed away around 10 p.m. last night,” Carla Rosales said.

“I didn’t sleep very well because I was very hot,” her son Sammy told us.

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“It was still off this morning, so I just tried to keep everything closed hoping it would be back,” said Rosales, who was thrilled to leave her neighborhood Tuesday morning knowing the air conditioning was on at work.

Sammy, excited about school after a good night.

“Normally I just take a wet towel and put it anywhere on me. Well, in the car it was literally, it was literally 124 in the car,” Sammy said.

8 p.m. after this Concord neighborhood lost power, it finally came back around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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Crowds of people riding on BART weren’t so lucky on Tuesday night, rushing to buses as the transit agency was forced to close the lane in both directions between Concord and Pleasant Hill due heat-related problems.

Some, however, take all heat issues with a “glass half full” attitude.

“These aren’t the guys to get mad at, they’re just here working hard,” Concord’s Tommy Wooten said.

“At least tonight we can sleep with our air on, hopefully,” Rosales said.

As for these BART issues, the transit agency says it will be working overnight to try to redo some of the lane. There is hope that service will be restored by the morning commute.

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