Fallon offers refuge from blackout
An early winter storm dumped up to 10 inches of snow in Churchill County while knocking out power in spots scattered throughout the Lahontan Valley, prompting county and Fallon city officials to open up an emergency shelter.
About 20 cots were set up in the Churchill County Fairgounds’ multi-purpose building Saturday night after officials realized Sierra Pacific Power Company was having a tougher time restoring power than was anticipated.
The back door of Fallon’s City Hall was open for county residents to come in and warm up while an overnight shelter was set up at the fairgrounds, said Fallon’s emergency manager Steve Endacott. The power was restored Sunday.
20 cots set up there were purchased about 10 years ago, Endacott said, but this is the first time they’ve ever been used.
Some residents didn’t know of the emergency shelter, though, and suffered through the frigid temperatures in their chilled homes.
“Any time we have a disaster there’s a learning curve,” Brooks said of trying to organize emergency accommodations.
Outages were reported in isolated pockets throughout all of Northern Nevada starting at about 9 a.m. Saturday, said Sierra Pacific spokesperson Stefanie McCaffrey.
The outages were “weather-related,” McCaffrey said, although she didn’t know the specific causes or the number of homes left in the dark.
The shelter closed Sunday at noon, with power reportedly restored everywhere but a couple homes.