Weather recovery almost complete
December 24, 2002
The lights are going back on in Truckee.
After strong winds and heavy snow tore through town and across mountain ridges last week, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District and Sierra Pacific Power Company can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
“We’re in real good shape now,” said Scott Terrell, planning director at TDPUD. “Probably as of [Sunday] they felt like they could start not being stressed out about people’s power being out.”
“I think the hope is to have everyone up by Christmas Eve,” Terrell said.
Most of Glenshire – which is served by TDPUD and Sierra Pacific – was back in power early in the morning on Dec. 19.
Sierra Pacific Spokesman Gary Aldax said that most of their Truckee customers had power by Friday or Saturday.
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“There are a few last-minute stragglers hanging on,” Aldax said of isolated homes still without power. “Other than that, knock on wood, they’re all hanging on.”
But the power company hoped to have all its Truckee-area customers back in service sometime Monday.
A report from TDPUD Monday stated that Armstrong Tract was the only area of town reporting power outages.
“I think what this has done is made us realize that this was a big storm, but it wasn’t the storm of the century. What it was a storm with very, very high winds,” Terrell said.
Monday, winds of up to 80 mph were being predicted on ridge tops, but those wind speeds were nothing compared to winds last week that were documented at 134 mph at the top of Squaw Ridge.
A weak weather system was expected to move into the Truckee-Tahoe area Tuesday afternoon and sprinkle light snow through Christmas Day, the National Weather Service said.
The weather service also reported that strong winds and heavy snow are expected today and Friday in the Sierra.
At the height of the storm, TDPUD employees were not the only ones working. Town of Truckee and special district employees worked together to make sure Truckee residents were safe during the storm.
An avalanche advisory, issued by the U.S. Forest Service, was in effect until early Monday morning.
For more information on current weather conditions from the National Weather Service, visit http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/Reno. To report continuing power outages, call the PUD at 587-3896 or Sierra Pacific at 530-583-4754.