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Power outage hits campgrounds

Power surges at two South Shore campgrounds left hundreds of campers without electric hookups for several hours on Saturday.

According to Sierra Pacific Power, underground wires failed at the KOA Campground and a transformer blew at Tahoe Valley RV Park. The outages were likely due to an overload caused by too many camping units turning on their air conditioners, said Sierra Pacific spokeswoman Faye Anderson.

At the KOA Campground, sporadic outages at individual campsites began occurring after 6 p.m. on Friday. Some campers reported smoke coming out of their televisions sets, and in one case a Nintendo melted. Campground manager Greg Poulen said he agreed to replace the damaged appliances.

A Sierra Pacific repair crew was brought in Saturday to replace the underground wires. Some 52 campers went without power from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“When the power switch came back on, there was applause from a lot of the RVers,” Poulen said.

At Tahoe Valley RV Park, some 402 campsites were without power for about three hours while the transformer was being replaced, Anderson said.

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