UPDATE: 6,716 customers without power in Nevada County

UPDATE at 5:44 p.m. Thursday

From PG&E:

As of 5 PM, we are at 11,380 customers without power in the Sierra Division. In Placer County, there are 2,257 customers without power, in Sierra County there are 424, in Nevada County there are 6,716 customers without power and in El Dorado County there are 1,047 customers without power. Today we had 250 crews out in force making repairs and by Saturday we will have 256 crews.

Update 2:25 p.m.:

Update 1:06 p.m.:

The following bus stops are now active and can be used for pickup and drop off.

Route 31 for BRHS

** Alta Sierra Area

Carrie Rd. -ACTIVE 1/5/2022

Fay/Rainbow Rd. – ACTIVE 1/5/2022

Meyer Way – ACTIVE 1/5/2022

Gold Creek Ct. – ACTIVE 1/5/2022

Little Valley Rd. – ACTIVE 1/5/2022

Route 32 for BRHS

**Alta Sierra Area

18729 Norlene Way -ACTIVE 1/5/2022

Anona Ct – ACTIVE 1/5/2022

16844 Patricia Way – ACTIVE 1/5/2022

Shana Ct – ACTIVE 1/5/2022

Update 1:04 p.m.:

Update 10:53 a.m.:

From the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services:

Emergency Weather Shelters

Nevada County Social Services are available, at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Resource Center, to connect individuals who have left their de-energized homes to resources. Residents are also encouraged to call 211 Connecting Point at 1-833-DIAL211 to connect with community resources or report critical unmet needs due to the widespread outages.

Daytime Warming Centers (PG&E Community Resource Center)

Madelyn Helling Library

980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA 95959

Supported by PG&E

Open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Includes:

Heat

Power & charging stations

Snacks, water & ice

Blankets

Wi-Fi

Grass Valley Court Yard Suites

210 North Auburn St, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Supported by PG&E

Open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Includes:

Heat

Power & charging stations

Snacks, water & ice

Blankets

Wi-Fi

Please call at 1-833-DIAL211 for additional transportation information.

UPDATE at 10:28 a.m. Thursday

From PG&E:

As of 9 AM, we are at 12,174 customers without power in the Sierra Division. In Placer County, there are 2,648 customers without power, in Sierra County there are 438, in Nevada County there are 7,774 customers without power and in El Dorado County there are 1,314 customers without power.

UPDATE at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday

From PG&E:

We are at 14,249 customers without power in the Sierra Division. In Placer County, there are 3,036 customers without power, in Sierra County there are 439, in Nevada County there are 8,210 customers without power and in El Dorado County there are 1,705 customers without power.

UPDATE 1 p.m.:

PG&E is delivering the “first shipment“ of portable generators to customers who remain without power today, Megan McFarland, spokesperson for PG&E, wrote in a press release.

In Nevada County, 9,021 customers remain without power, according to the release. In El Dorado County, 2,074 customers are without power and in Placer County that number is 3,287 customers, the release stated.

“We have restored power to more than 175,000 customers in the Sierra Division since Christmas Day, despite having found thousands of instances of damage,” McFarland wrote, adding 1,214 of those instances were found in Nevada County “alone.”

Expected restoration timeline according to PG&E
Jan. 4-5 Jan. 6-7 Beyond Jan. 7
Nevada County 230 1147 7881
El Dorado County 680 1222 615
Placer County 69 789 2892

UPDATE at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6

From PG&E:

It’s Megan McFarland, spokesperson for PG&E. Our crews are out again today working on repairs. As I mentioned last night, as of yesterday, essentially all assessments in Sierra County, Nevada County, Placer County, El Dorado County and a portion of Yuba County are complete. Based on what we’ve found, we are starting to communicate more accurate estimated times of restoration to customers. Many customers will be restored in the coming days and we can commit to an ETOR of Tuesday, Jan. 11 for customers. To be clear, many customers will be restored earlier, but we wanted to share this Jan. 11 ETOR date to give customers a line of sight into the next period of time.

As of this morning, we have about 17,000 customers without power in the Sierra Division. In Nevada County, it’s 10,080, in Placer County it’s 3,800 and El Dorado County is 4,070. We hope to make some solid progress today and I will send another update this evening.

UPDATE at 7:22 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5:

From PG&E:

Currently we have about 18,350 customers without power in our Sierra Division. In El Dorado County – there are about 3,900 customers without power, in Placer County it’s 4,400 and Nevada County there are 10,400 customers without power. In Sierra County there are about 600 customers without power.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, PG&E crews have essentially completed their assessments in Sierra County, Nevada County, Placer County, El Dorado County and a portion of Yuba County. Assessments allow us to create Estimated Times of Restoration (ETOR) that account for amount of damage, equipment and materials needed to make repairs, available resources, hours of daylight and other factors. Based on what we’ve found, we are starting to communicate more accurate estimated times of restoration to customers. Many customers will be restored in the coming days and we can commit to an ETOR of Tuesday, Jan. 11 for customers. To be clear, many customers will be restored earlier, but we wanted to share this Jan. 11 ETOR date to give customers a line of sight into the next period of time.

UPDATE 10:50 a.m.:

PG&E crews are making “safe and steady” progress in restoring power to customers, Megan McFarland, spokesperson for PG&E, wrote in a press release Tuesday.

In the Sierra Division, about 21,000 customers are without power, including 10,800 in Nevada County, 4,300 in Placer County and 5,700 in El Dorado County, McFarland wrote.

“This storm has delivered historic levels of snow and caused significant damage to our equipment,” she wrote in the release. “In Nevada County alone, we have identified more than 1,214 instances of damage.”

That damage includes:

  • 307 power poles
  • 580 locations where the conductor or the line needs repair
  • 171 crossarms
  • 70 transformers

PG&E reached out to more than 100 other utilities for mutual aid to help bolster its forces in the field, McFarland wrote. Currently, crews from the City of Roseville, SMUD, Eugene, Ore., Public Service New Mexico, Tillamook and Lower Valley Energy are assisting, according to the release.

“We are relentlessly following up with other mutual aid resources to keep resources heading our way,” McFarland wrote.“ We have deployed temporary generation to eleven locations including hospitals, warming centers and substations to support customer restoration as soon as possible.”

UPDATE at 7:18 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4

From the county Office of Emergency Services:

Many Nevada County residents are out of power. Please check in on neighbors without power if you’re able and report their unmet needs to 1-833-DIAL211. Call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies.

If you have resources like food, water, wood, gas, or the ability to assist with driveway clearing, etc., please check in with your neighbors who may be alone, remote, or need extra help.

Find info on shelters, roads and more at MyNevadaCounty.com/StormInfo or 1-833-DIAL211.

UPDATE at 6:53 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3

From PG&E:

It’s Megan McFarland, spokesperson for PG&E. As you know, PG&E made significant progress in the Sierra Division over the weekend, restoring 4,000+ customers since Saturday. We have more than 2,000 personnel working on assessments and restoration, including 1,200 line workers. We also have 100+ mutual aid crews coming in.

As of this morning, we are down to about 25,000 customers without power in the Sierra Division, mainly Placer, Nevada and El Dorado counties.

UPDATE at 4:44 p.m. Sunday

From PG&E:

Crews were able to restore power to thousands more customers overnight in El Dorado, Nevada, and Placer counties. We continue to work to safely and as quickly as possible to restore power to the remaining 28,000 customers in the following areas (approximately):

El Dorado: 6,247

Nevada: 14,261

Placer: 7,842

We are seeing a lot of damaged electrical equipment due to the snow and hundreds of fallen trees. For example, we have assessed more than 10,000 locations and have identified more than 2,100 in need of repairs in those three counties. More than 900 of those locations are in Placer County, 840 in Nevada County and 300 in El Dorado County. We continue to make assess damage, make repairs and restore power using helicopters, “Sno-Cats” and snowshoeing (on foot).

We are notifying customers every night with an automated phone call on the progress and it’s different for each area.

As an example, we have identified more than 500 poles that need to be replace and hundreds of other pieces of equipment, such as transformers and crossarms.

Another way we are supporting our customers, new today, is with PG&E’s ongoing partnership with the Nevada Food Bank. Food packages have been delivered to the following locations in Nevada County where anyone who has lost food due to a power outage can pick up food replacements and bottled water for their family, while supplies last:

North San Juan Community Center, 29190 State Hwy 49 North San Juan 95960

Washington Fire Station, 15406 Washington Road, Nevada City 95959

To help provide assistance, PG&E has also partnered with the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, which is implementing the Disability Disaster Access & Resource (DDAR) program. FREED, an independent living center apart of the DDAR program, may be able to provide customers with disabilities, independent living needs, and older adults with hotels, transportations and gift cards for generators.

Customers in Nevada, Placer and El Dorado counties who would like to request such support can call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 and PG&E will send a referral to FREED.

To support our customers in the Georgetown Divide, we have also opened up a location where we are offering “go” bags with a blanket, battery charger, snacks and a water bottle today. That is at the Marshall Grange Hall in Garden Valley, 4940 Marshall Rd in Garden Valley. It opened at 10am and will be open until 5pm today, Sunday. This is in addition to the 5 PG&E community resource centers (CRC’s).

CRCs provide onsite charging for personal devices, medical devices, battery chargers, blankets, water, snacks, and access to Wi-Fi.

The hours today for the five locations are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on CRC’s visit here.

Nevada County

Madelyn Helling Library – 980 Helling Way in Nevada City

El Dorado County

Pioneer Park – 6740 Fairplay Rd in Somerset

Pollock Pines Community Center – 2675 Sanders Dr in Pollock Pines

Pleasant Valley Community Hall – 4765 Pleasant Valley Grange Rd in Placerville

Sierra County

Downieville Community Hall – 327 Main St in Downieville

Please call the PG&E’s 24/7 media line if you would like to visit a CRC or have other questions at 415-973-5930. PG&E’s Emergency Operations Center is staffed 24 hours a day through this weekend and we will respond ASAP.

We thank our customers for their patience and understanding.

UPDATE at 7:07 a.m. Sunday

From PG&E:

Warming shelters:

Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City

Hours Of Operation: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday

Available Resources: Blankets, snacks and water, air-conditioning/heating, device charging, ice, ADA-accessible restroom and washing station, seating, small medical device charging, Wi-Fi

UPDATE at 7:05 a.m. Sunday

From Nevada County Sheriff’s Office:

Facebook friends, we have seen several incorrect rumors posted on Facebook about “several dead people” due to exposure. As the Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator, we respond to all reports of deaths within Nevada County. We can confirm that we have responded to several deaths over the week, just as we would during a non-stormy week. During the initial investigations, none of the deaths appear to be related to exposure.

As requested by concerned friends and family members, we have conducted several hundred welfare checks throughout the county since Monday. At all of those welfare checks, residents were found to be in good health.

During this stressful time we need to come together and support each other, not share unconfirmed information.

We recognize it has been a long, stressful week for most residents. Luckily power continues to be restored and county roads crews have made significant progress in clearing roadways.

UPDATE at 5:50 p.m. Saturday

From Nevada County:

Dear NGO and Business leaders,

You may have just received a Code Red text from the county yesterday. As we go into Day 6 with 15,000 residents still without power, we are concerned that there are vulnerable people who we haven’t heard from who may need help. We are calling on you to use your networks to help mobilize neighbor-to-neighbor outreach. If neighbors find people with critical unmet needs, we hope they will relay that information to Connecting point 211, who is serving as a clearinghouse for the county Office of Emergency Services.


UPDATE at 4:10 p.m. Friday

From Nevada County Office of Emergency Services:

This is the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services. Many Nevada County residents are without power. If you’re able, please check in on neighbors without power and report their needs to 1-833-DIAL211. Call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies. If you have resources to share like food, water, firewood, gas, or the ability to assist with driveway clearing, please check in with your neighbors who may be alone, remote, or in need of extra help. Find information on shelters, roads, and more at MyNevadaCounty.com/StormInfo or 1-833-DIAL211.

UPDATE at 6:55 a.m. Friday

More people have power in western Nevada County, though many remain without electricity.

Areas without power include Highway 20, northeast of Nevada City; Cascade Shores; Alta Sierra; and Chicago Park. PG&E has no estimated time for restoration.

Traffic is moving on Interstate 80, though it becomes slow moving around Blue Canyon. Highway 20 remains closed between Nevada City and the Interstate, and Highway 49 is closed between Nevada City and the county line.

UPDATE at 4:25 p.m. Thursday

From Nevada County:

The National Weather Service predicts continued cold and wet weather tonight and throughout the week. Considering the weather prediction and widespread power outages, Nevada County and Sierra Roots are activating the Extreme Weather Shelter Protocol through Saturday for the nights of Dec. 30, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, with COVID-19 safety measures in place. The county will continue to assess the community need as the predicted weather changes.

The two county shelters are at Bear River High School, and in the lower level of the Nevada City Veterans Hall. This is a collaborative effort to temporarily shelter residents severely impacted by the current storms and our vulnerable homeless residents.

Nevada City Locations

Veterans Hall (lower level): 415 North Pine Street, Nevada City (supported by Sierra Roots)

Bear River High School: 11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley (supported by Red Cross. Service animals allowed. No pets allowed.)

Truckee Location

Church of the Mountains: 10079 Church Street Truckee (NOTE: this shelter is operated separately from the county. Find more information from North Tahoe – Truckee Homeless Services)

County and Sierra Roots volunteers and will focus on providing safe and socially distanced sheltering during the weather event, in alignment with Public Heath COVID protocols. Utilizing the congregate model at a reduced capacity will permit greater social distancing of 6 feet or more. Guests will be medically screened and will agree to follow COVID protocols to limit the potential spread among shelter guests, including wearing a mask at all times. Sheltering capacity will be limited to accommodate social distancing and modified programming.

UPDATE 9:22 a.m. Thursday:

From PG&E:

“This is Megan McFarland, spokesperson for PG&E. In PG&E’s Sierra Division, we currently have about 48,655 customers without power, down from 56,000 (Tuesday). Snow came down hard today in the Sierra Division, which has hampered the progress we would have made if the weather were clear.

Today, we captured footage of the conditions and the assessment work that our crews are doing. We also have some interviews with our Sierra Division Operations folks who can tell the story of what’s happening on the ground, as well as a customer perspective.

The location of this video is Foresthill, Placer County.

PG&E is doing everything we can to get the power back on for customers, but the weather has and continues to present a challenge, along with access issues due to snow, downed trees and other hazards. As I’ve said before, this is an all-hands-on-deck response for us. We have also opened our Emergency Operations Center.“

UPDATE at 8:45 a.m. Thursday

From Caltrans:

We’re still seeing occasional downed trees on highways due to heavy snow and cold temps. Please be alert while traveling in the Sierra. This tree fell on I-80 WB near Baxter last night and was removed quickly by maintenance crews.


UPDATE at 6:40 a.m. Thursday

Thousands of PG&E customers remained without power Thursday morning, with no estimated time of restoration.

According to PG&E, “After historic snowstorm, access to repair damaged PG&E equipment has been challenging in some areas. Crews will continue to work day and night to restore power to customers.”

Outages are in areas including Highway 20, northeast of Nevada City, Cascade Shores Chicago Park, Rattlesnake Road, Alta Sierra, and Colfax, among many others.

Traffic appeared to move easily on Highway 49, between Auburn and Grass Valley, as well as on Highway 20 between Penn Valley and Grass Valley. Highways 20 and 49 were closed at Nevada City.


UPDATE at 7:03 p.m. Wednesday

From Caltrans:

Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin is urging motorists to avoid non-essential mountain travel until weather conditions improve. Caltrans has closed 45 state highways since Dec. 24 due to record snowfall in the Sierra Nevada. While Caltrans has reopened 29 highways – including Interstate 80 and Highway 50, the main gateways to Lake Tahoe – roadway conditions remain challenging with extensive delays and chain controls in effect.

“The safety of the traveling public is always Caltrans’ top priority,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin in a news release. “Please avoid traveling to the Sierra unless absolutely necessary. If you must travel, make sure you’re prepared.”

Under the direction of Gov. Gavin Newsom, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) has activated the State Operations Center to monitor storm conditions and coordinate all necessary assistance. Caltrans is coordinating with CalOES, the California Highway Patrol, local law enforcement, the Nevada Department of Transportation and the National Weather Service to respond to changing conditions and keep roadways safe for travel.

In response to the record snowfall, Caltrans has redirected all available crews into the mountains to reopen roadways, bringing operators from as far away as the Bay Area to assist. The department has 1,350 field clearing mountain highways, working 24/7 in 12-hour shifts, and has deployed more than 600 snowplows statewide.

Caltrans has recorded more than $22 million in storm damage to state highways during the current winter storm, not including snow and fallen tree removal costs. Hundreds of trees have fallen onto highways, slowing the snow removal process.

Caltrans shared the following safety tips for motorists who must travel to the mountains:

Before heading out, check Caltrans QuickMap for the latest road closure and chain control information.

Carry chains and be ready for winter driving conditions.

Make sure your vehicle is in good working order by checking your brakes, wipers, antifreeze, heaters, and exhaust systems before you leave.

Do not try to go around highway closures by using secondary roads.

And when you’re on the road, please remember:

Slow down and Be Work Zone Alert as Caltrans crews, California Highway Patrol officers, and other emergency responders are out trying to help control traffic and clear the roads.

“Don’t Crowd the Plow” – tailgating or trying to go around snowplows can result in potentially dangerous situations.

Have an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes blankets, water, food, a shovel, gloves, a flashlight, and sand or kitty litter to provide traction in case your vehicle becomes stuck.

Bring cash in case power is unavailable for credit card transactions.

Keep your phone charged in case you need it in an emergency.

UPDATE at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday

From PG&E:

This is Megan McFarland, spokesperson for PG&E. In PG&E’s Sierra Division, we currently have about 48,655 customers without power, down from 56,00 earlier today. Snow came down hard today in the Sierra Division, which has hampered the progress we would have made if the weather were clear.

PG&E is doing everything we can to get the power back on for customers, but the weather has and continues to present a challenge, along with access issues due to snow, downed trees and other hazards. As I’ve said before, this is an all-hands-on-deck response for us. We have also opened our Emergency Operations Center.

UPDATE at 11:17 a.m. Wednesday

From Grass Valley:

Please be aware that the city will be having the power shut off in the Brunswick Basin due to a hazard tree that has the potential to fall onto a major power transformer. City staff is working diligently to mitigate the threat, but estimated time of power restoration is unknown at this time.

UPDATE at 8:49 a.m. Wednesday

From PG&E:

This is Megan McFarland, spokesperson for PG&E. In PG&E’s Sierra Division, we currently have about 56,000 customers without power. The next storm is hitting the Sierra Division region, bringing more snow and challenges for the PG&E crews that are out in full force trying to make assessments and repairs.

As I mentioned before, we are bringing in crews and equipment from other areas to support the Sierra Division. We have also been working to tap into our mutual aid agreements to get help from utilities in other parts of California and other states.

Below are the number of customers without power in the counties in the Sierra Division:

Placer County – 9,200

El Dorado County – 20,000

Sierra County – 650

Nevada County – 25,400

We want customers to know that we are working around the clock to restore power. These storms have delivered an impressive amount of snow to the Sierra Division which makes our work more challenging.

UPDATE at 7:42 a.m. Wednesday

From Caltrans:

Due to the restricted roadways, a number of resources are at or near capacity, INCLUDING GAS, tow trucks & lodging accommodations. Expect delays if you do use I-80, US-50 or any other mountain highway. This is NOT ideal traveling weather.

Visit the PG&E outage map: pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter

UPDATE at 7:26 a.m. Wednesday

Without power for days, thousands of customers await word from PG&E on when their electricity will be restored.

Much of the area around the Glenbrook Basin, Idaho Maryland Road and East Main Street have power, though much of Nevada City and other areas still have none.

According to Caltrans, traffic is slow moving on Highways 49 and 20 into town. Highway 49 to North San Juan and Highway 20 to Interstate 80 remain closed to traffic.

Snow reached Penn Valley and South County this morning, covering the areas with a dusting.

UPDATE at 3:11 p.m. Tuesday

From Truckee CHP:

I-80 eastbound has reopened to passenger vehicles only!!!

Chain Control is R2 Alta to the Nevada Stateline.

Still no estimated time for reopening westbound. We will let you know when we know!!!

UPDATE at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday

From Nevada County:

In addition to the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, a few other Nevada County Library branches now have access to power and will be open for residents to warm up and charge their devices:

Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City is open until 6 p.m. this evening. We plan to open shelters again at both the Madelyn Helling Community Room and Nevada City Vets Hall tonight.

Penn Valley Library is open until 4 p.m. today.

Bear River Library is open from 4-7 p.m. today.

UPDATE at 9:54 a.m. Tuesday

The Madelyn Helling Community Room at 980 Helling Way in Nevada City will remain open today for residents to warm up and charge up.

UPDATE at 9:16 a.m. Tuesday

From PG&E:

Customers without power Tuesday morning:

Nevada County – 28,000

Placer County – 9,800

El Dorado County – 21,000

Sierra County – 1,300

Damage to our equipment due to the storm is extensive. A PG&E crew foreman remarked that he has been working at PG&E for 12 years and has never seen anything like this. To date, we have identified 123 locations of damage, including 50 in Auburn, 44 in Placerville and 29 in Grass Valley.

UPDATE at 7:28 a.m. Tuesday

From PG&E:

This morning we still have about 60,450 customers without power due to the storms in PG&E’s Sierra Division, which includes El Dorado, Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties.

UPDATE at 7:14 a.m. Tuesday

Power remained out Tuesday morning for thousands in the Grass Valley area.

Electricity has been restored to the Glenbrook Basin and the area around the Nevada County Airport. Penn Valley and much of Rough and Ready also have power. However, many people in western Nevada County have no power, and no estimated time of restoration.

Traffic was slow moving on Highway 49, north of Lime Kiln Road, as well as through town. No traffic is allowed on Highway 20 between Nevada City and Interstate 80. Also, traffic remains closed on I-80 at Meadow Vista to the state line. There’s no estimated time of reopening.

The power and road issues led Nevada County Superior Court to close today.

UPDATE at 5:52 p.m. Monday

Caltrans shows traffic moving from Lime Kiln Road to Grass Valley.

UPDATE at 3:31 p.m. Monday

According to the Caltrans map, Highway 49 traffic appears to be moving between Lime Kiln and La Barr Meadows roads. Traffic then moves onto La Barr Meadows.

UPDATE at 12:58 p.m. Monday

Due to weather conditions, delivery of The Union newspaper will be delayed on Tuesday, Dec. 28. We apologize for the inconvenience.

UPDATE at 9:29 a.m. Monday

North and southbound Highway 174 is closed due to downed power lines.

UPDATE at 9 a.m. Monday

The Nevada City Courthouse is closed today.

INITIALLY POSTED

Power is out for thousands of people across western Nevada County, PG&E states.

As of 7:30 a.m. Monday, the outages extended from Highway 20 north of Nevada City, through Nevada City and Grass Valley, including parts of Rough and Ready and Penn Valley, and south into Alta Sierra. Other spots affected include Cascade Shores, Chicago Park and Colfax.

There is no estimated time of restoration.

According to Caltrans, trees and power lines are down throughout the area. Traffic is slow moving on the freeway in Grass Valley and Nevada City. Highway 49 is closed from Lime Kiln Road to Grass Valley, and Highway 20 is closed from Nevada City to the Interstate.

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