Snow keeps tens of thousands without power

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More than 30,000 customers are still without power due to the recent snowstorm, PG&E said Wednesday.

“Currently, we have 32,285 customers out due to storm damage system. Since this storm started, we have restored more than 360,000 customers,” PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles said.

Boyles said there are 9,214 without power in the Yosemite Division, primarily in the northern portions of that division — near Sonora. They expect to restore some — but not all — of those customers Wednesday.

In the Fresno area, there are 667 customers who remain without power due to the storm. 

The storm created an additional danger that is delaying restoration efforts. Years of drought and tree mortality have created an extraordinarily unsafe situation in many areas that have experienced heavy snowfall, Boyles said. The series of storms this week have resulted in snow falling in low-elevation areas that typically don’t get snowfall.

“PG&E crews responding to power outages have experienced trees falling on roads blocking access, trees falling on vehicles and falling into powerlines that fall on vehicles,” Boyles said. “To ensure the safety of our crews and the public, we are taking additional measures. In some cases, we will pull crews out of areas that are deemed unsafe. In other areas, restoration efforts may be delayed as we inspect and remove trees that present a hazard to our crews and the public.”

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