Thousands of NV Energy customers in Carson City and surrounding counties were left without power Monday and could go without power through Tuesday evening following an atmospheric river storm that dumped heavy snow Saturday, breaking trees and power lines in the area.
NV says it is working around the clock to restore power to more than 22,000 customers who are left without power service Monday due to the severe winter storm that has caused more than 1,000 outages since Saturday in Carson Counties City, Douglas, Lyons and Storey and Washoe.
As of 8:50 a.m. Monday morning, 2,340 NV Energy customers were without power in Carson City; 4,793 customers in Douglas County, 2,767 customers in Lyon County, 158 in Storey County and 12,645 customers in Washoe County.
The company says it has brought in or is bringing in additional NV Energy crews from southern and eastern Nevada, as well as contracted crews to help with restoration efforts. While the company said it hopes to have many customers restored on Monday, full restoration could take until Tuesday, January 3.
On the outage map here, which is updated frequently, the company estimates restoration in certain areas by Tuesday evening.
“Since Sunday, NV Energy crews have been able to restore more than half of the customers who experienced an outage due to large amounts of wet and heavy snow which weighed down our power lines and impacted vegetation near our power lines. The priority remains to get the rest of our customers back up to speed safely and as quickly as possible and our teams will not stop working until everyone is recovered. Due to the high number of outages throughout the region and weather conditions, restoration efforts could take several days,” said Jesse Murray, vice president of delivery for NV Energy. “We are truly sorry for the inconvenience caused. and ask affected customers to stay safe and prepare for an extended outage.”
Meanwhile, people without power are scrambling for places to charge their smartphones, which have become the lifeline for real-time information. Those without gas electricity can find heated shelters that have been installed at the following locations:
Douglas County Community and Senior Center at 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville; Douglas County ID is required for entry.
Pets will be directed to the animal shelter upon arrival and Animal Control will arrange pickup.
In conjunction with Douglas County Emergency Management, Harveys Lake Tahoe at Stateline has set up a warming zone in the Harveys Convention Center pre-operation area to assist those without power. From 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the casino will provide coffee, hot and cold water, as well as power strips and tables. Signage to help locate the area will be throughout the casino. Harveys Lake Tahoe, 18 Hwy 50, Stateline.
Town of Carson
Night Off the Street heated shelter. Opens at 9 p.m. and leaves at 6:30 a.m. First United Methodist Church between Division and Minnesota streets. First come, first served.
County of Lyons
Lyon County Dayton Senior Center at 320 Dayton Valley Rd, Dayton
The refuge is open now and will remain open all night.
Storey County Fire Department at 145 C Street, Virginia City
Open now all night. No animals are allowed.
Reno-Sparks Convention Center at 4590 S. Virginia Street, Reno Open until 6 p.m. on January 3
Washoe County Regional Animal Services provides water and a few crates for any pets that may need to warm up.
Meanwhile, winter storms follow one another throughout the week, with the largest arriving Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.
With single-digit temperatures forecast for tonight and another winter storm predicted later this week, NV Energy offers the following cold weather preparation and weather-breaking tips to keep customers and their homes safe:
— Drip valves to reduce the likelihood of a pipe break.
— Keep a supply of flashlights and batteries handy. Do not use candles as they are a fire hazard.
— Have a supply of non-perishable food, medicine, baby supplies, and pet food, as well as a gallon of water per person per day.
— Do not operate a generator inside a home or garage. Use gasoline generators in well ventilated areas.
— Treat all downed power lines as live and dangerous. If you see one, stay away and call 911 and NV Energy to report it.
More tips are available at nvenergy.com/outageprep.
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