SEASIDE - Stop, use caution and be patient - those are the directives from the Seaside Fire Department and Seaside Police Department.

According to Seaside Chief of Police Bob Gross, there has already been one accident reported at the intersection of Broadway and U.S. Highway 101. Gross urges drivers to be cautious and reminds them all nonfunctioning, lighted intersections are four-way stops.

Just because the power is out and the city is dark does not mean that Seaside police are not looking out for the community. "We gear up at night on purpose to make sure people don't take advantage of the power being out," said Gross.

He also cautions drivers to pay extra close attention at night in order to avoid hitting someone walking in the dark.

"At night especially, be ever vigilant because it is dark," said Gross. "If you have no reason to be out at night, don't (be out)."

Seaside police dispatch has fielded calls about gas stations, the restoration of power and other civil matters. The department urges people not to call with those questions.

"We don't know which gas stations are open unless we see them," said Gross. "The gas stations don't call us up and say they're open." He also said that the police department does not know any more about the power restoration situation than has already been broadcast to the public.

Seaside police and firefighters have been working to be a resource for the various utilities in the area - identifying downed power, cable and phone lines and relaying them to the correct company.

"Yesterday we assisted public works with clearing trees," said Dugan Thursday. "We have three crews out today looking at downed lines neighborhood by neighborhood."

The fire department cautioned residents not to run generators in their garages, not to try to warm themselves with candles and, under no circumstances, to fire up a barbecue in their homes to ward off the chill.

Gross expressed his appreciation for the volunteer work that was going on in the community and for the efforts of businesses and individuals to do the best they could under the circumstances.

"As days go by, people are getting back to as normal activities as you can have without electricity," said Gross. "I take that as a sign that this is a pretty resilient community."

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