Power outage hits campgrounds | TahoeDailyTribune.com
YOUR AD HERE »

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.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User