UPDATE: CalVet reports power was restored shortly before 4 p.m.
Power was cut off at the Veterans Home campus in Yountville on Tuesday afternoon and lasted for about a day, even as temperatures were expected to hit triple digits.
Several residents told the registry that the power was cut before 3 p.m. Tuesday. Several of the larger buildings had back-up generators, but the dormitories did not. An employee, who asked not to be named, said residential buildings only had emergency lighting.
CalVet, the state agency that manages the sprawling complex, said the problem was a power switch box on the ground. After initially saying repairs could take up to three days, electricians were able to restore power shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday.
“The good news is that all of the generators came on immediately and Home has power failure protocols in place, including setting up cooling stations and charging stations,” CalVet said in a statement. written while the electricians were working on the problem.
He said independent living rooms had no electricity, but nursing residents were powered by generators.
It is not clear whether any residents were evacuated, although several residents said they heard of people leaving. The employee who spoke to the registry said he had heard of cases of residents being offered space at the Fresno Veterans Home, but said staff had heard little from the home’s management on the status of residents.