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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 5A STORM, from page 1A in Greenville and Chester. School remained in session in the district's Quincy and Portola schools, despite power outages, Regarding the decision to release students in Greenville and Chester and not the rest of the district, PUSD Superintendent Micheline Miglis made the following statement. "Decisions were made on Friday given the information accessible to us hour by hour. The effects of the storm On Friday caused structural damages in schools in Chester and Greenville and for this reason, it was not safe for students and staff. We have been working on the repairs during the weekend and will continue to do so." Miglis cited roof damage as the reason for Monday's cancellation at Chester Elementary School and Greenville Junior-Senior High School. At Chester Junior-Senior High School, the reason listed was log removal. In Quincy and Portola, phone service was spotty last Friday. Schools were unable to reach parents and subsequently could not notify parents to pick up their children. Plumas Charter Schooi in Quincy was able to cancel school According to PCS administrative secretary Maggie Hennessy, the last two students were home by 1:30 p.m. "Our parents are pretty good about checking in when this sort of thing happens," said Hennessy. "The bulk of our parents started picking up their kids by 11:30 a.m." Notable incidents The sheriffs office reported dozens of calls from residents reporting damage. Some of the notable damage included the following: --Damage to the roof at Chester High School. --Several propane tanks damaged, including one behind Chester Elementary. --Trees down On houses in Quincy, Chester, Blairsden, Graeagle, Indian Valley and other isolated areas. --A tree fallen into a trailer in Delleker. ---A mobile home overturned and destroyed in Crescent Mills. --Trees down on the Genesee/Beckwourth Road, isolating the community of Genesee Valley. --Multiple trees down in the Plumas-Eureka area, damaging numerous residential and nonresidential structures. --Several vegetation fires reported. The sheriff said additional 911 dispatchers were brought in to handle to increased call volume, He said there were about 70 calls per hour during the peak of the storm. Additional officers were called in because of the power outage at the jail. He said the extra staff was needed for safety reasons. From our officials District 5 Supervisor Jeff Engel said he clocked winds at his residence near Clio at 60 mph. His own home lost a section of shingles from its roof, and he said he was amazed at the number of trees that not only snapped off in the wind, but came up at the roots. Engel commended employees from PSREC and the California Department of Transportation for their work during the storms. He said, "Those guys from PSREC were up there on the poles with the wind and the rain; it was dangerous." District 4 Supervisor Lori Simpson (Quincy area) kept her constituents abreast of the latest storm news by posting to her Facebook page. Simpson said she was in East Quincy when Sheriff Hagwood called to tell her the extent of devastation throughout the county. She arranged for an emergency meeting that included various department heads, the sheriff and, by phone, District 2 Supervisor Kevin Goss and DES Director Sipe. In addition to declaring a state of emergency, they decided to send nonessential county personnel home for the day. In the event of an emergency, county employees become disaster workers and can be drafted to provide emergency service. Because Simpson was centrally located and could work from the courthouse where there was a generator, she helped coordinate with PG&E and other service providers, and updated the public and her fellow county leaders. District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall (Lake Almanor) said she was kep: abreast of what was :: happening in her district through Sheriff Greg Hagwood and Sipe. "The communication has been great," she said. Though a warming station had been set up at the Memorial Hall in Chester, only one individual had shown up as of Sunday afternoon, and was given a motel voucher. Train stopped A large boulder on the tracks directly across from Camp Layman halted rail traffic for several hours as Union Pacific crews worked SPAGHEI"rl DINNER ALL YOU CAN EAT Sunday, February 15, 2015 4pm -7pm 398 2nd Ave. SlO per person S25 Family of Four ) Gifts of We have a great NEW selection of heartfelt gifts for your special Valentine! Re-opening Thursday, Feb. 5th Store hours: Thurs. thru Sat. 10am-5pm Hwy 89,Crescent Mills 530'284-6015 to clear the rock and check the tracks. A westbound train was stopped just a couple feet from the large rock, blocking access to Camp Layman Road from about 2 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Shopping and dining Some had generators, others had flashlights, but businesses throughout the county managed to stay open during the power outages. This is not a complete list of operations that remained open, but a sampling from throughout the county. Thanks to a generator that powered the entire store and its offering of free hot coffee, Sav-Mor Foods attracted customers from throughout Quincy. Without the benefit of a generator to power the entire store, Safeway remained open with limited hours and helped its customers navigate the aisles with flashlights. The company bought in large refrigeration trucks to hold its perishable foods until the power returned. Crews were busy restocking shelves Sunday and into Monday. It was the same situation next door at American Valley Hardware, where owner Mary Vogt reported the store did a brisk business in emergency supplies -- everything from candles to propane. Rite Aid opened for those who needed emergency items or prescriptions. A handful of restaurants, including Mi Casita and the Express Coffee Shop, as well as the Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge and The Drunk Brush, remained open. In the Chester area, Holiday Market and the Corner Market stayed open, and the Kopper Kettle Cafe used its generator to cater to its clients. Unlike in Quincy, where gas stations were shuttered, the Beacon and Spanish Creek flows over the road to Oakland Camp. Photo by I:tan McDonald Chevron stations were open for business. Likewise in Greenville, the Mohawk Station remained open, and was busy all day serving local customers as well as those who drove from Quincy and other parts of the county. For Evergreen Market it was business as usual; a generator kept the store open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., its normal hours of operation. In the eastern portion of the county, the Graeagle Store and the adjacent gas station remained open, the latter powered by a generator. Event cancellations The unpredictable weather and lack of power caused the cancellation of several events. In Quincy, organizers canceled the Groundhog Fever Festival due to the number of canopies that could be affected by high winds. A small groundhog ceremony was still conducted on the courthouse steps, however. The festival itself will not be rescheduled, though the buy-a-date auction will be. When and where the auction will take place will be announced at a later date. Artists' opening receptions at Main Street Artists' Gallery and Plumas Arts Gallery scheduled for Feb. 6 were canceled due to lack of electricity. Plumas Arts' reception featuring photography by Joanne Burgueno and barn quilts by Adrienne Johnson is tentatively rescheduled for Feb. 20. The quarterly book sale at the Plumas County Library was cut short on Friday. According to organizer Diann Jewett, the room the sale was in cooled down quickly without heat. Friday's sale lasted until 1 p.m. while Saturday's sale went from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It was evident that Plumas County residents love to eat crab, regardless of the situation. Both the Lake Almanor Elks' Crab Feed and the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce's Crab Crack were well attended Feb. 7. Both venues supplied electricity through generators and both events sold out. Organizers of the Chester crab feed called the event "elbow to elbow" with 122 tickets sold. Not everyone who decided to go forward with his or her event got responses like that, however. Johnene McDonald organized and held the Compassion Concert at Quincy Elementary School on Feb. 6 with 18 in attendance. According to McDonald, the concert cost around $600 to hold and generated around $200. The money raised, with an additional $300 McDonald plans to donate, will go to the Central Plumas Recreation and Park District's ALIVE program. 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