Eldorado County (CBS13) – Hundreds of people living in the foothills were paralyzed by fallen trees as temperatures dropped to near freezing overnight.
Mike and Terry Brown are living in storm survival mode in Georgetown.
“So in the last 72 hours, we’ve lost power twice,” said Mike Brown.
The couple have two giant German Shepherds and a wood stove.
“One of the nice things is that we can use the wood stove,” said Mike Brown.
Brown’s power had just been turned back on when CBS13 caught up with them on Tuesday night.
“The power went out around 4:30 this morning, but it came back on about an hour ago,” said Mike Brown.
Mike Coles’ Georgetown home is still out of power. His trips to gas stations included the purchase of two of his propane tanks for his generator.
“Stock up on lumber and get ready to roll,” said Kares. “It’s just part of life here.”
When I signed up for the Georgetown library, I learned that the library had closed early due to power issues. PG&E distributed emergency kits, including phone chargers, blankets and water, at fire stations and convenience stores to help people during power outages.
“I think there were 200 at noon, and now they’re gone,” said Vicky Clough, a clerk at Georgetown’s Gas and Go.
According to PG&E’s blackout map, some homes in Eldorado County have had power outages since Sunday and are expected to be restored on Wednesday. Just as this torrential rain continues to drench El Dorado County and swell rivers, streams, and creeks, extended power outages here are to be expected, not outraged.
“You just have to accept the fact that you can’t whine when you move to Georgetown,” said Terry Brown.
On Tuesday night, PG&E caused about 1,500 power outages in El Dorado County, with the majority in Georgetown and Valley Springs.