Hundreds still without power
A loud boom and bright flash of light let Wayne and Sherry Ellison know early Monday morning that a Douglas fir tree had knocked down the power lines to their Banner Mountain neighborhood, taking out two transformers.
On Wednesday, the Ellisons were hoping to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.
They were among some 20 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers on Big Blue Road – and 789 customers in western Nevada County – still waiting for crews to restore electricity shut off by the weekend’s big storms.
PG&E expected to re-establish power Wednesday night to all but 200 to 250 of those 789 customers, said company spokeswoman Lisa Randle.
“At the height of the outages we had 10,000, so we’ve made considerable progress,” Randle said.
PG&E had 13 crews totalling 125 employees working Wednesday to restore this region’s electricity, she said.
Wayne Ellison was philosophical about his neighborhood’s outage.
“If you’re going to live in the woods, this is the kind of stuff that happens.”
The Ellisons were able to save all their food on ice and use their wood stove for heat. Ellison couldn’t suppress a smile as he explained he couldn’t do any computer work at his home office.
The only thing Ellison was upset about was not being able to call PG&E and find out exactly when electricity would be restored.
“They could not give us a … date or a time or anything,” he said. “I am disappointed in that.”
Power was out in the Sierra Pines Mobile Home Park for 36 hours from 1:30 a.m. Monday to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to resident Pat Davis.
Davis, 57, said the park off of Primrose Lane is full of senior citizens, who are homebound. “Our heaters and stoves are electronically ignited,” so they were without heat, cooking power and light for the duration.
“This got us motivated here to buy a generator,” Davis said. “I’m so concerned because I’m the youngest person in this park.”
PG&E spokeswoman Lisa Randle expected power to be restored to the following neighborhoods by this morning:
— Cooper Road, 200 customers;
— Ridge Road, 113 customers;
— Greenhorn Road, 54 customers;
— North Bloomfield Road, 54 customers;
— Penn Valley, 80 customers;
— S. Auburn Street, six customers;
— Rabb Road, 27 customers;
— Big Blue, 20 customers.
City Editor Dave Moller contributed to this story.
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