Thousands of PG&E customers are still without power this morning, two weeks after a severe winter storm hit the Sierras and foothills.
As of Sunday afternoon, PG&E reported more than 3,customers in the Sierras and Foothills were still without power, which should be restored by Tuesday at the latest. PG&E spokeswoman Karly Hernandez said that 5,765 customers were affected in the utility’s Sierra Division. In Nevada County, 3,550 customers were without power, along with 1,049 in Placer County, 750 in El Dorado County and 355 in Sierra County. The most extensive damage — caused by intense snowfall over a short period. There have been several community resource centers opened for those in the Sierra affected by the power outages, allowing residents to charge electronic devices or grab essential supplies.
PG&E officials say that there were more than 300 damaged power poles in one county alone, along with 580 sites identified as needing conductor or line repair and more than 170 damaged cross-arms, with personnel still working to fix all of the damage accumulated during the last storm period.