With nearly 30,000 households still without power and downed trees blocking roadways countywide, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors have moved swiftly to declare a local emergency. The Board will hold a special meeting on Thursday, December 30th at 2:00PM. This declaration is the formal step necessary to request emergency mutual aid from state and federal partners following Monday’s extreme snowstorm.
“The County is fully mobilized to serve our community. Since the onset of the storm, law enforcement has responded to over 900 calls for service. Snowplows are working 24/7 on 12-14 hour shifts to clear and reopen roads. Social workers are checking in on elderly residents and vulnerable families. Our Office of Emergency Services team is coordinating a unified response. While County buildings may be closed to the public, it’s all hands on-deck from our dedicated public safety and essential services staff,” said County Executive Officer Alison Lehman.
As of Tuesday afternoon, PG&E reported 94 outages impacting 28,000 residences. PG&E have provided no official timeline for when power will be restored due to the unprecedented number of downed power poles felled by the storm.
“We’ve had numerous calls for services from people who have had trees land on their homes, who are without power, or running out of firewood or heating gas. We need to prepare for another wave of snow and more cold weather. If you take the time now to gather food and supplies, and check in on family and neighbors, the County will get the mutual aid we need to meet the challenge,” said Board Vice Chair Sue Hoek.
Hoek urged the public to call 211 to request information or assistance.
“More help is on the way,” reported Steve Monaghan, who heads the County Office of Emergency Services. “Already CAL FIRE and Nevada County Consolidated Fire District have sent crews to help with tree removal, working alongside Public Works to assess damage and prioritize needs.”
With the official declaration of a local emergency, Monaghan expects to receive critical assistance from the state and other regional partners: “Last night, Sacramento County sent over a 100Kw generator to power the Madelyn Helling Library, which is open as a warming shelter overnight. Cal OES said they will be sending us two sand trucks to improve road safety.”