Power outage impacts Tahoe City | SierraSun.com

Power outage impacts Tahoe City

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

Monday night’s localized power failures in communities from Tahoe City down the West Shore affected residents and businesses’ operating hours.

Sierra Pacific Power, the energy company providing power to Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, was not available for comment regarding the precise times, locations, or reasons for the blackouts Tuesday.

Dam Cafe employees in Tahoe City posted a “closed” sign on their door Tuesday due to the power outage. And the Bridgetender did not re-open their doors until after noon on Tuesday.

“These outages kill business for us,” said Nick Fuller, one of the owners of Bridgetender. “We had to close by 10 p.m. and lost part of the night crowd, as well as the lunch patrons.”

Fuller said businesses around the Tahoe City wye seem to be affected most often, and that both Front Street Station and Truckee River Raft and Gas also had to close for business due to the power failure.

Blackouts, either for two hours or two days, are not uncommon on the North Shore. Last January, more than 20,000 North Tahoe customers lost power during a storm due to strong winds, rain-soaked grounds, falling trees and heavy snow.