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Power outage darkens parts of South Lake Tahoe

The lights went out in parts of South Lake Tahoe for an hour Tuesday night without many problems to report.

The offices at the Tahoe Daily Tribune were dark, so if your paper was a little late this morning, we apologize.

An 18-wheeler clipped the guide wires of a power pole at the corner of Freel Peak and Tulare Avenue at about 7:20 p.m. The driver was gone when officers arrived.

A resident in the area saw what happened and reported it to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. Dispatcher Leona Allen said it was likely the truck driver did not know what he had done, though a street sign was also knocked over.

The police department’s phone was ringing off the hook during the power outage. People were even calling 911 in this non-emergency situation. The department advises people to not call police and fire to get information about a power failure because they are in the dark information-wise just like everyone else.

Sierra Pacific Power is the place to call, though they had little information to give last night. It is not known how many residences and businesses were affected. A worker in the Reno office could only say they were scrambling to try to figure out what happened.

It was the local police and fire who, with the aid of a phone caller, located the problem. Fortunately, there were no dangling wires to contend with.

Traffic lights were out at Al Tahoe Boulevard. Even though people were not treating it like a four-way stop, no accidents were reported. There were reports that the power surged and lights dimmed in the county, but never completely went out.

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