There were three area wide power outages on Thanksgiving weekend that left a few hundred of accounts without power for a few hours. On November 24 at 2:00pm a tree fell through the transmission line which feeds Canby, Adin, Lookout, Bieber and Day areas. Even though there was not high winds during this time, the crew found that two trees, growing outside the cleared right-of-way, had fallen, the first knocking the second tree into the transmission line near Adin Pass. Access to the downed line was difficult, but the crews were able to repair the transmission line and restore power by 5:00pm.
On November 26 high winds knocked out Pacific Power & Light’s main feed to SVE’s Austin switch near Alturas. The switch went down at 4:40am. PP&L had the power restored by 5:30am. This outage affected Cal Pines, Likely and Madeline areas.
Also on November 26 high winds broke off a transmission line pole top near Lake City at 3:30pm causing an outage to Lake City and Ft. Bidwell areas. The crew repaired the pole and had the power restored by 5:15pm.
During the long weekend there were a number of other outages caused by high winds that affected individual accounts. These outages were promptly addressed and power restored as quickly and as safely possible.
During holidays crews are not on a regular hours, but respond quickly when called out. When you have an outage please call the office number of 530.233.3511 or our toll free number of 866.843.2667. We do not know you are out of power until the outage is reported. After normal business hours of 7:00am-5:00pm, and on weekends and holidays, our phone is forwarded to the Modoc County Sheriff who will call out line crew to address your outage. If you get a busy signal, it means many others are calling too. Please call again, but remember, it takes some time for the line crew to get to the outage and begin repairs.