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Power outages hit on night of cold weather

Power outages in parts of Glenshire, Tahoe Donner and the Donner Lake area left many residents in the dark Tuesday night, as temperatures dropped to a low of -19 degrees Fahrenheit.Engineer Stephen Hollabaugh of Truckee-Donner Public Utility District said the outage in Tahoe Donner and Donner Lake was caused by a broken pole in the Sierra Pacific transmission line, about a half mile east of the Donner Lake interchange.”The pole broke in half and the wires were down,” he said. That power outage lasted from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., while PG&E and Sierra Pacific crews worked to resolve the problem. Crews were also delayed for about 45 minutes while waiting from the Independent System Operator to arrive from Folsom. The ISO operates the transmission lines under California’s utility deregulation law, although Sierra Pacific and PG&E own the lines.In Glenshire, Hollabaugh said the lights were out from about 8 to 9 p.m., after a fuse blew in the Sierra Pacific lines there.Temperatures in Truckee dipped to -19 degrees Tuesday night, according to Truckee-Tahoe Airport readings.Back to Front Page

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