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Nearly 49,000 PG&E customers still without power in the Sierra | Maps and updates

Close to 49,000 PG&E customers are without power Wednesday night in El Dorado, Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties.

CALIFORNIA, USA — Following strong snowstorms in Northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is reporting that about 49,000 Sierra division customers were still without power Wednesday.

PG&E said that customers impacted in the Sierra division are in El Dorado, Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties.

"There are hundreds of outages up there due to the storms and each outage is unique. Some can be quick fixes and other repairs can be more extensive. It just depends on what got damaged in the storm," said Megan McFarland, spokesperson for PG&E.

Outage impact by county

  • Nevada County:18,676
  • El Dorado County: 18,152
  • Placer County: 8,928
  • Amador: 7,032
  • Sierra County: 704

PG&E said they expect a future storm to come and bring more snow and "challenges for the PG&E crews that are out in full force" working to restore power.

"We want customers to know that we are working around the clock to restore power," McFarland said. "These storms have delivered an impressive amount of snow to the Sierra Division which makes our work more challenging."

In an update, McFarland said estimated times of restoration have been going out to customers so they have an understanding of what to expect. But its not clear when exactly power will be restored. She said that downed trees, unplowed roads and other hazards are slowing down efforts to get into the impacted areas to make repairs.

"All these things together are resulting in longer estimated times of restoration," she said.

Caltrans said that because some communities in the Sierra do not have power and some gas stations don't have fuel, people should avoid traveling Wednesday.

In Nevada County, McFarland said the storm impacted 50 people and Red Cross was working to provide shelter and food.

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