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Wind knocks out power in Truckee

SHERRY MAYS

Winds that ripped through Truckee Monday night toppled trees and shut off power to hundreds of Truckee residents. Tahoe Donner was hardest hit.

The Truckee-Donner Public Utility District said the winds mixed with saturated soils trees weighed down with snow caused the unusual amount of trees to topple onto the area’s power poles and lines.

Around 8 p.m. a toppled tree snapped a power pole and took down lines near the intersection of Hillside Drive and Northwoods Boulevard in Tahoe Donner.

“A large portion of Tahoe Donner was affected,” said Mary Chapman of the TDPUD. “Crews worked through the night to replace the pole and repair the lines.”

A second tree fell on Washoe Road at Donner Lake leaving a live wire on the ground. Town of Truckee crews worked to close the street until the danger was mitigated. Power was out in that area for several hours.

A tree along Chamonix in Tahoe Donner was the next to fall onto wires, followed shortly by a tree in Prosser Lakeview Estates. Both trees affected only the homes on the property where the trees fell.

“Usually the ground is frozen by this time which helps to keep trees in place,” Chapman said. “The ground is too wet for the trees to have anything to hold only to.”

As of this morning, when the majority of repair crews returned to the PUD offices, two residents were without power. They both were having problems with their individual service, according to Chapman.

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