After the Snow, Some Are Now Dealing with Power Outages

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PLACERVILLE — As the snow started to melt in lower El Dorado County, neighbors like Pamela Romero were dealing with the aftermath. “This was quite the storm for us. We’re not used to this much snow at one time,” Pamela Romero, who lives in Placerville, told FOX40. “On my way home at 2 a.m. in the morning, the roads were all closed. So I parked my car the safe route and walked half a mile to my house.” She hiked back down the hill to get to her car Wednesday afternoon, while crews worked to remove downed trees and repair power lines on her street. “Trees that were overloaded with the weight of snow started falling. We had instances where trees fell onto vehicles and power lines,” PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles said. It’s why thousands of neighbors dealt with power outages on Wednesday, and PG&E says some areas hit by this week’s storm might not be restored until Friday or Saturday. “The biggest issue for us is just access. We have specialized equipment to help our crews get into areas that experience heavy snowfall, but that takes longer than driving to a location with trucks,” Boyles said. “And in some areas, the damage is so extensive it’s just going to take that long.” Working as quickly as they can to get power back up and running so neighbors like the Romeros can continue to enjoy their time in the snow. “We’re just going to head into town and get some pizza,” Romero said. “Relax in a warm place for a little bit.”

Neighbors in the Dark Since Monday

The El Dorado County communities of Newtown and Somerset were hit hard by the cold winter storm. The snow was sticking at the 2,500-foot elevation and overnight temperatures were dipping into the 20s. Most of the area had been without power since Monday because of trees weighed down by snow, falling on power lines. Locals weren’t used to dealing with so much snow. “It doesn’t happen that often,” said Charles Gomes. “But when it does, you just get you off the couch and get out here and get it taken care of, you know?” FOX40 found Gomes and his grandson, Arron, shoveling so they could get a car up the driveway. Gomes was thankful his car wasn’t crushed by a large tree he witnessed crashing down on his property. Their fifth wheel has generator power, so it became a temporary home. Three generations have lived on the property. Tuesday night, the younger ones went to stay with friends who had electricity. The family was clearly making the best of their situation, acknowledging the inconvenience caused by the unusual amount of snow was a small price for living in such a beautiful place. “We’re able to bear it, you know?” Gomes said. Through it all, Gomes said he was thinking a lot about the Camp Fire victims. “This is nothing, minute compared to what they must be going through,” he said. According to PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi, the following customers were still without power as of 10 p.m. Wednesday: El Dorado County – 6,754 Amador County – 1,613 Calaveras County – 2,248 Tuolumne County – 3,100 Placer County – 5


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