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Truckee Donner Public Utility District Crews Work to Restore Power in Wake of Winter Storm

Crews with California public power utility Truckee Donner Public Utility District over the past several days have been hard at work restoring power to customers after a severe storm with snow and high winds hit the utility’s service territory.

The storm hit California’s mountains for multiple days before wrapping up Monday, CNN reported. “The most extreme conditions targeted the highest elevations of the Sierra Nevada, where over 10 feet of snow and hurricane-force wind gusts of 170 mph-plus were reported.”

“High winds and snow loading knocked down trees and caused outages and damage to our electric system, primarily in Prosser and Donner Lake. The intense wind and heavy snowfall caused issues with visibility and travel, and eventually in the middle of the night our operations staff decided that conditions had gotten too hazardous to perform some of the more challenging repair work,” the utility noted in a Sunday, March 3, post on Facebook.

On March 4, the utility reported that power haf been restored to Donner Lake customers affected by the major outage there. "Any remaining outages are due to small, localized interferences, or customers who have damage to their home’s electrical equipment. TDPUD will continue to assist these customers."