Residents dig out from storm |

Residents dig out from storm

Dave Moller
Senior Staff Writer

Nevada County residents on Wednesday chopped fallen trees and picked up debris that had dropped across yards, houses and cars – the aftermath of a major storm Tuesday and Wednesday that saw winds up to 40 mph and torrential rains.

About 1,300 customers in Grass Valley and Nevada City were still without power late Wednesday afternoon, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. spokesman Brian Swanson said.

Most customers had their power restored by late Wednesday, though crews continue work today in outlying areas to restore electricity, Swanson said.

Anyone wanting to report a power failure, or seeking information about one in their neighborhood, can call PG&E at (800) 743-5002, Swanson said.

The storm also put a damper on fire season, with the Tahoe National Forest and Calfire officials lifting burn regulations Tuesday.

The storm helped raise water levels in the state’s reservoirs, but not enough to halt the state’s three-year drought, the Associated Press reported.

Linda Ennis of Lake Wildwood called a tree service out early Wednesday to cut up the 40-foot ash tree that fell over her deck and nicked the corner of her roof.

At about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday during the height of the storm, “I was sitting in the living room and I saw it tipping, tipping, tipping – and then boom!” Ennis said. “It could have been worse. The top part of the tree just kissed the propane tank. We were lucky.”

On Morgan Ranch Drive in Grass Valley near Nevada Union High School, Phil Juvet went outside Wednesday and saw a crane lifting a large branch off a neighbor’s home.

“It hit the kitchen, and the ceiling’s destroyed,” Juvet said. “There’s a lot of debris on a car, but it seems to be OK.”

The storm knocked out power in downtown Grass Valley at about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, causing the City Council meeting to be postponed. Mayor Lisa Swarthout greeted an assembled crowd with a flashlight to announce the postponement and resumption of the meeting at 5 p.m. Oct. 27.

At the storm’s height from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, calls reporting power failures and trees that had fallen into power lines poured into the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office

A tree fell into a home on Biggs Avenue in Grass Valley. Downed power lines were reported on French Avenue, South Church Street and Alta Street.

In the county, trees and debris pulled down power lines on Crotty Court, Alta Sierra Drive, Mayflower Drive, Indian Springs Road, Mooney Flat Road, Panther Court and New Rome Road.

Sunny skies are predicted to return today and last through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento. A chance of rain is forecast again Sunday night and Monday.

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

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