Power back on in most of the county, more rain and snow coming
Senior staff writer
Although the weather may be calming a bit compared to Monday night’s wind-driven downpours, county residents were dealing with the aftermath Tuesday morning. An accident occurred about 7 a.m. at Highway 20 and Pleasant Valley Road, where the traffic lights were not working due to outages in the Penn Valley area.
Monday night’s wind-driven downpours had county residents dealing with the aftermath Tuesday morning. An accident occurred about 7 a.m. at Highway 20 and Pleasant Valley Road, where the traffic lights were not working due to outages in the Penn Valley area.
That outage hit 6,300 customers from Grass Valley to Penn Valley along Highway 20 about 8 p.m. Monday, according to Lisa Randle of PG&E. The utility got the power back up by about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. A 60,000 volt transmission line near Alleghany that probably had a tree fall through it caused the outage.
It also cut power to more than 700 customers in the Downieville, Sierra City and Alleghany areas, Randle said, along with another 425 customers in the Camptonville and Bullards Bar Reservoir areas. Power was back up in Downieville at 4:15 p.m. due to the town generator.
But power was still down in Sierra City, Alleghany and the Camptonville areas, according to Ingrid Larson, owner of the Downieville Grocery Store.
“PG&E’s working on it. We just fed them,” Larson said.
In Grass Valley, a woman in the 200 block of Richardson Street reported a tree fell into her garage. Out in the county, a fallen tree blocked both lanes of Indian Springs Road just past Spenceville Road. Another tree fell next to Bitney Springs Road near the Rough & Ready Highway, disrupting traffic.
The Union weather watcher Doug Wilson reported that 1.81 inches of rain fell at his Peardale home from 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday. In Washington, Ray Kraush said 5.8 inches of rain had fallen there since the storms started Sunday.
The next round of storms expected to hit Wednesday night through Friday could bring several periods of significant snowfall, according to the National Weather Service. Snow levels around 3,000 foot could bring 4 to 8 inches of new powder above Grass Valley and Nevada City.
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