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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 9A As it went down, a tree at 163 Richardson Way fell through the roof and into the master bedroom of resident Mark Hatfield. Photos courtesy of Chester Fire Departmeqt While not the heaviest snowfall day Jan. 23, trees seemed to bend from the weight of a week's worth of storms. A falling tree hit a truck at the Jasper Farris residence on Lassen Street. STORM, from page 8A approximately 31 pounds a square foot. John Cunningham of the Plumas County Building Department said Monday, Jan. 26, "The building depart- ment performed roof snow load sampling today in the Almanor Basin. This was done to determine the weight of snow on roofs in the area. "Structures in the Almanor Basin have been required to be designed for a minimum 100 pounds per square foot snow load, since approxi- mately 1970." "The result of today's sam- pling is less than 40 pounds per square foot of snow on roofs in the Basin," he said. Outages PG&E reported as many as 10,000 customers as being without power during this week of storms. In response to questions raised about the lengthy out- ages in the Basin, PG&E media representative Paul Moreno said Jan. 29, "The principle reasons for some areas not getting restored sooner were many: no access for our equipment and vehicles; extensive damage; continually falling trees; con- tinued bad weather; fresh outages throughout the storm; deep and wet snow, which made even snow- shoeing and driving snow cats difficult. "We brought in snow cats from as far away as Oregon. We also used mutual aid crews from utilities in Oregon and Washington to help out in our North Valley Division. "While we did not use \\; mutual aid crews in snow country, they made re- pairs in the Sacramento Valley and freed up our "We took a very proactive approach. We were actively out and removing hazards. We didn't wait for 911 calls." Randy Fluke, Fire Chief Almanor West Fire Protection District crews so we could send more people to Plumas County." Emergency calls Dawson said calls for ser- vice were extremely high during the storm week. "Chester responded to over 30 calls--we were just going so hot and heavy we just made it happen," he said. He said the calls involved responding to downed power lines, trees in roadways and trees in structures. "In Chester we had five trees fall into structures," he added. While the call numbers were down in Hamilton Branch, the nature of the emergencies was similar: trees in lines, a traffic acci- dent and trees on roadways. The Almanor West Fire Protection District chief said his area experienced the full gamut of water issues, as well as snow-related problems and power outages. "Our calls for service were too many to count. If you only counted what we were toned outfor, our numbers would be much lower; but we took a very proactive ap- proach. We were actively out and removing hazards. We didn't wait for 911 calls," he said. He said in addition to the dozens of trees down in the Almanor West area he responded to downed power lines in the Prattville district. "Like Chester we also had trees down on structures," he said. Chief Fluke said those homeowners experienced very minor damage from the trees. "Most were root pulled and there was so much snow on the roofs that it just buffered the impact," he added. Chief Fluke also said it was very important to say thank you to the Antelope crews and Plumas County. "We were able to get the crews to assist us because of the county," he said. He said the Antelope crews monitored radio traffic and "co-responded" on fire and ambulance calls. "They helped with snow re- moval and patient handling as necessary," he said. The Peninsula Fire Protec- tion District, like West Almanor responded to a low number of tone-outs that in- cluded two weather-related traffic accidents and a tree down in a power line. "Where we were the busiest was in responding to a tremendous amount of phone calls," said district secretary Holly Coons. She said the tire office worked as a clearinghouse for calls to all the partnering agencies. "We connected people to our maintenance yard, PG&E whatever agency best fit their emergency," she added. - QUINCY TTLE LEAGUE S00GN "Ups.W All prospective players MUST bring their birth certificate and a parent MUST be present to register For more information, contact, Katie Gay 283-2624 or Tracy Pilgrim 283-2910