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Snow news you can use

Christina Nelson

With high winds, heavy snow, and loss of services, town agencies are offering Truckee residents, second homeowners and visitors a couple of tips.

Here’s what to do when you encounter problems during a storm:

Down trees or power lines

Fallen power lines and trees have been one of the biggest problems this week, and officials are worried that they haven’t seen the end of it.

“As power lines are being repaired, others are failing because more trees are falling,” said Truckee Fire District spokesman Gene Welch. “Those lines – even those not energized – they can become energized at any time,” Welch said.

Welch advised residents to call their power company or the fire department if they see a down power line.

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Residents can call the Truckee Donner Public Utility District at 587-3896 or Sierra Pacific Power Company at 583-4754.

Residents are also advised to call a tree removal service for down trees instead of trying to clear it themselves.

No heat? No food?

The Truckee Police Department is offering their services to anyone who is stranded in their house or needs assistance.

They will bring food to residents and will offer transportation in difficult situations.

For assistance call police dispatch at 550-2320.

A couple of Truckee Hotels are offering discounted rooms to local families without power or heat. For more information on rates, call individual hotels.

Town Manager Steve Wright advised citizens to seek shelter elsewhere if their homes don’t have heat.

“Don’t heat your house with barbecues and open flames. That’s going to kill you,” Wright said.

The fire department will refill oxygen tanks for people on life support.

Road conditions

For California Department of Transportation information on highway conditions, call 1-800-427-ROAD.

For information on road conditions within the Truckee town limits, call the public works snow line at 587-6917.

Advice to travelers and second homeowners

Truckee officials are advising that this may be a bad weekend to visit if travelers are uncomfortable with bad road conditions or not willing to go without power, said Scott Terrell of the TDPUD.

Vacation rental agencies should warn renters of road conditions and the power situation in Truckee.

“There may be a lot of power out [this weekend],” Terrell said. “We are expecting the worst.”

When in doubt about who to call for assistance, call police dispatch at 550-2320 and they can put you in touch with the proper agency.