Lake Tahoe weather: Truckee to declare emergency, more snow coming |

Lake Tahoe weather: Truckee to declare emergency, more snow coming

Kevin MacMillan
Up in Truckee's Tahoe Donner, snow was piled so high Wednesday afternoon it reached the second floors of homes.
Jimmy Griffin

Update 10:45 a.m.:

In an update from Liberty Utilities, a spokesperson for the company said that customers in neighborhoods with heavy damage should expect to remain without power for days.

Sporadic outages continue to affect the west shore, the email said, and customers between Tahoe City and Fallen Leaf Road/Highway 89 remain without power.

Restoration crews are working in multiple areas right now. The statement also says that the situation is very dynamic and can change as large trees continue to fall.

Crews will move north from Fallen Leaf Road/Highway 89 today, and the company says it is aiming to have electricity restored to Tahoe Pines by midnight.

A separate restoration team will move south from Tahoe City today, with the goal of getting Barker Pass Road/Highway 89 back online by midnight.

Customers in the Tahoe Pines Area, from Barker Pass Road to Cherry Street should be advised that Liberty Utilities has reported that this area has very heavy damage with multiple poles down, and that may require helicopter repair.  According to the company, weather is currently preventing helicopter access today, but they may be able to access the area tomorrow.

The North Tahoe Public Utility District is continuing to make its office available for use as an emergency warming shelter and cell phone charging facility. The office is located at 875 National Ave. in Tahoe Vista.

Original story:

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The ongoing winter storm has hit the Truckee area so bad that the town of Truckee is expected to declare a state of local emergency Thursday.

Town Council has scheduled a special meeting for 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Truckee Town Hall (10183 Truckee Airport Road) to approve the recommendation from Town Manager Tony Lashbrook.

“The Town Engineering staff has begun to document numerous areas that have experienced damage, including town roads, drainage infrastructure and other facilities. There is a good chance that we won’t know the full extent of the damage until the late spring or early summer,” according to a memo from Lashbrook.

If council approves the declaration Thursday, it will allow the town to seek California and federal emergency funds “for assistance in repairs caused by this natural disaster.”

As of Wednesday night, there were no estimates in terms of cost or extent of damage in town.

Meanwhile, as of 7 a.m. Thursday, there have been no updates posted to the websites of Liberty Utilities or the Truckee Donner PUD about power outage updates on the North and West shores of Lake Tahoe, and in Truckee.

Visit and for updates. We will post updates when we hear them.

As of Wednesday, power had been reportedly restored to roughly 16,000 customers, with another 6,300 customers or so still in the dark.

Meanwhile, according to NV Energy, of the roughly 2,300 Incline Village residents without power Wednesday evening, most have been restored as of this morning. Visit to stay up to date there.

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