Pollock Pines supplies run low due to power outages

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With kilometers of public and private roads to be cleared, it is not known when all power will be restored.

EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif .– Thousands of PG&E customers in El Dorado County remain without power as the utility company continues to work in heavy snow conditions.

Some Pollock Pines owners, like Dennis Ownes, have taken the phrase “your friendly neighbor” to the next level by shoveling snow so his neighbors can get to the pharmacy. Retirees and seniors make up the majority of the population at Whispering Pines Apartments.

“Her meds are there. She hasn’t had any for a few days and she’s sick,” he said.

No matter how hard homeowners work to clear snow from their homes, it remains a never-ending task for people like Sharee Butterfield, who is trying to determine her next move after heavy snowfall brings down a tree in her home.

“In five different places I have tree branches inside my house,” she said.

Her neighbor, Jeanie Kludjin, wants a generator to power her house.

“I called PG&E and they said someone was at Pollock Pines, but the news says it could be Jan. 10 before it was turned on,” Kludjin said.

With kilometers of public and private roads to be cleared, it is not known when all power will be restored. At Ace Hardware, generators are gone.

“I think we have another 8kW generator in the back. We blew up a lot of generators yesterday,” said Dave Cambel, Ace Hardware employee.

The supply chain is limited in this mountain community, and as more people dig out of their homes, they will look to stock up on food, fuel and other essentials.

“I melted snow because there is no bottled water. I can’t find it because the people in town buy everything, ”said Dennis Owens, another resident.

On a positive note, the bus service has resumed, going around and picking up people where the roads are clear in Pollock Pines.

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