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Power failures leave 2,700 area customers in dark for several hours

Despite the clear skies Monday – no rain, no snow, no wind – 13 power failures left more than 2,700 Pacific Gas and Electric customers without power at noon Monday, according to PG&E spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers.

Officials had little information about why electricity failed in areas stretching from Penn Valley to Grass Valley to Nevada City. But it’s common in the Sierra Nevada for trees in saturated soils to finally topple over or dead branches to finally fall out of trees, taking power lines with them.

By 3 p.m., power had been restored, according to J.D. Guidi, who said a power line had gone down along Spenceville Road at 11:30 a.m.

About 2,000 customers were without power during the outage in the Penn Valley and Lake Wildwood areas, Ehlers said. Another 700 in Nevada City also were without power.

About 300 customers were without power late Monday afternoon along the Rough and Ready Highway and Squirrel Creek Road right outside of Grass Valley. Guidi did not know why that unrelated outage occurred, but said power was expected back on early in the evening

Nearby resident Sabrina Sword of Hopeful Hill Road near Rough and Ready reported her power went off Sunday morning for two hours and went back off again at 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Any time you have an outage or want to know about one, call the PG&E outage hotline at (800) 743-5002 or 1-800-743-5000.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call 477-4237.

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