Update 4:45 p.m.: City chimes in on storm; South Shore faring better than most | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Update 4:45 p.m.: City chimes in on storm; South Shore faring better than most

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily TribunePedestrians battle the elements in Stateline, Nevada. Early snow quickly turned turned to rain by Friday afternoon.

The City of South Lake Tahoe Emergency Operations Staff along with El Dorado County Office of Emergency Operations Staff ” via conference call ” and representatives from Barton Memorial Hospital, South Tahoe Public Utility District, and the American Red Cross held a briefing at 2 p.m. this afternoon to discuss weather conditions preparedness measures.

By way of conference call initiated by the State of California Office of Emergency Services (OES), the group heard status reports from counties within the State of California. It appears at this time, that El Dorado County and the South Lake Tahoe Basin are in much better condition than some counties who have reported major power outages and flooding and have activated their emergency operations centers and shelters. All agencies continue to closely monitor the adverse weather conditions.

WEATHER: As of 4:05 p.m., the national weather reports 32°, light snow with SSW winds at 13 mph gusting to 23 mph. For extended forecast information visit http://www.wrh.noaa.gov

ROAD CONDITIONS: Caltrans has reported that Highway 50 is open. Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel drive with snow tires from 1.5 miles west of Kyburz to Meyers.

EMERGENCY SHELTER(S): The City’s Parks and Recreation Department, 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd., is prepared to open as an emergency shelter in the case an official emergency is proclaimed by the City Director of Emergency Services/City Manager. Red Cross has also pre-positioned a disaster shelter trailer at the Recreation Center for additional overflow if needed.

HOSPITAL SERVICES: Barton Memorial Hospital reports there are currently 42 patients admitted (out of their 75 patient capacity) and yesterday had received a full shipment of medical supplies.

SAFETY: Residents should be prepared for short and possible long term, power outages and extremely hazardous travel conditions. Please be very safety conscious, keeping away from any downed electrical lines and anticipating road hazards, such as blowing debris and possible localized flooding. We recommend you have 1.5 gallons of water, per person, per day, for at least three days. Secure pets and livestock. Maintain full tanks of fuel in your vehicle. Do not use outdoor heating sources, such as barbeques for indoor use.

Other suggested supplies include:

” Non perishable canned goods and a manual can opener

” Battery powered radio & extra batteries

” Cell phone

” First Aid Kit

” Winter weather clothing

” Cash as ATM’s will not work if power is out.

Emergency / General Contact Information

(Provided by the City of South Lake Tahoe – Jan. 4, 2008)

9-1-1- Emergency – In case of emergency dial 9-1-1.

In a non-emergency situation or for general information, the following phone numbers and/or websites are available for use:

” South Lake Tahoe Fire Department (530) 542-6160 or go to http://www.cityofslt.us

” South Lake Tahoe Police Department (530) 542-6100 or go to http://www.cityofslt.us

” El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department (SLT Branch) (530) 577-3000

” Sierra Pacific Power Company (SPPC) 1- (800) 782-2506 or go to http://www.sierrapacific.com

” Southwest Gas Company (SWG) 1- (800) 772-4555 or go to http://www.swgas.com

” South Tahoe Public Utility District (Sewer/Water) (530) 544-6474 or go to http://www.stpud.us

” Caltrans 1-(800) 427-7623 (Current Highway Conditions) or go to http://www.dot.ca.gov

” Weather Report – National Weather http://www.wrh.noaa.gov

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