North Shore waits for main power-line repair |

North Shore waits for main power-line repair

Justin Broglio and Andrew Pridgen

North Shore residents woke up to power troubles to go along with blue skies Tuesday morning as the series of storms that bombarded the region over the holiday weekend moved on.

The New Year’s storms cut power to about 15,000 customers on the North Shore on Sunday and Monday. Sierra Pacific Power restored power to the region late Monday. Company spokesperson Karl Walquist said residents are urged to conserve power until the main power line from Carson City is back online.

“We’ve got everybody available helping to restore service to the North Shore,” said Walquist, who noted that five crews from Reno, two from Las Vegas and a number of “trouble men” (special service workers called in during a major outage) are working on the North Shore. “Until we can get the main line up, village residents will have to rely on the smaller line that comes from Truckee.”

Central power to Incline Village is supplied via a 120,000- volt line that starts in Carson City and drops into the village above Lakeview Estates, Walquist said.

“The terrain where the damaged power structures are located is very rough,” he said. “Crews used snowcats to get in and assess the damage, but it could take a couple days to get back in there and make the repairs.”

Diamond Peak, whose rain-soaked holiday crowds were chagrined last week to find themselves unable to tackle the slopes, will be closed until power is completely restored to Incline Village/Crystal Bay and Kings Beach.

Last Thursday was the one day the rainy skies cleared enough to get in a full day of skiing, said Diamond Peak general manager Ed Youmans.

While more than 2,500 people visited the ski resort that day, the crowds quickly evaporated as clouds gathered to portend the worst weather conditions yet.

“Certainly, this is the most difficult (weather) I’ve ever seen far and away,” Youmans said. “The rain and the conditions in general – it’s never been this bad.”

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