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FEATHER RIVER Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 Vol. 146, No. 17 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 50 CENTS Flood waters force the closure of the west end of Chandler Road in Quincy on Sunday. Photo by Kevin Mallory County weathers major storm Debra Moore Staff Writer High winds and strong rain battered Plumas County last weekend, closing several local roads as well as Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon, and cutting power to more than a thousand. "All local emergency responders did a great job," said Jerry Sipe, the county's director of emergency services. Sipe opened the emergency operations center at 9 a.m. Sunday to help coordinate resources, but was able to close it by 3 p.m. "That's the nice thing about winter storms," he said. "We knew it was coming and we were able to prepare." County ro'fls "Everything went pretty well," Public Works Director Bob Perreault said. "To be sure, it was a major event, but the ground was able to absorb part of the storm." Joe Blackwell, the deputy director of public works, said that the county was lucky that there wasn't already a snow load on the ground. "That's the difference from '97 (a storm that caused A collapsed fence next door to the Relay Station in Quincy serves as proof of the wind's power Sunday morning. Photoby Dan McDonald massive flooding). Back then lying across the road due to there was snow, then rain fell high wind and saturated at 7,000 feet;" he said. ........ earth, ........................ Still, county road crews worked around the clock to clear culverts and remove downed trees and debris. Blackwell said that Stampfli Lane in Indian Valley and the west end of Chandler Road in Quincy, both low-lying areas, were closed due to flooding. Stampfli Lane was particularly hard hit with downed power poles and lines Blackwell said that crews will spend the week working on ditches and culverts, as well as traveling the unpaved roads in the county to see what repairs need to be made. The .city of P0rtola weathered the storm unscathed. Its public works director, Todd Roberts, See Storm, page 5A f RAIN TOTALS The following are seven- day rain totals provided by the Department of Water Resources and the National Weather Service. Chester: 6.57 inches Jarbo Gap: 11 inches La Porte: 20 inches Pertola: 5.59 inches Quincy: 9.34 inches Public works employees use a Caterpillar excavator to scoop mud and debris out of the raging waters of the Mill Creek streambed in East Quincy on Sunday, Dec. 2, around 4 p.m. Photo by Laura Beaton Emergency services ready when needed Debra Moore  emergency Staff Writer The operations plan As the rain began to fall last Wednesday morning, Jerry Sipe had already talked to Caltrans, the county road department and Pacific Gas :and Electric Co. : If dire forecasts were to :materialize, Plumas County :aced the threat of flooding, :mudslides and power outages. ! Sipe, director of the Plumas County Office of Emergency Services, is responsible for coordinating local resources .to weather emergencies. ! For now, it's rain.and wind that pose a threat, but just a ::few months ago, it was fire. Plumas County has a 241- page emergency operations plan to .address disasters, whether they are natural, technological or manmade. It was originally adopted in 1997, revised in 2004 and thoroughly revamped in 2011. "I just didn't want to put a new cover on an old plan," Sipe said, who took over as OES director in 2010. "Going through the process was very valuable." The document was reviewed and approved by county department heads, the ,III[!![!!NI!M!!!146 To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 sheriff, the Portola city manager, the president of the local fire chiefs association, the county Board of Supervisors chairman and the local Red Cross representative. "It was important to have buy-in," Sipe said. He described the plan, which must be reviewed every five years, as a "living document," that can be updated as necessary. It, along with the county's hazard mitigation plan, provides county officials with the tools to prevent disasters when possible and address them when they occur. Both documents are in compliance with the California Emergency Services Act and can be viewed on the county's home page. Sipe said the county is updating the hazard mitigation plan with the assistance of a consultant. As examples of hazard mitigation, Sipe cited raising road levels and practicing regular culvert maintenance in flood-prone areas, and work that is performed by the Fire Safe Council to help prevent fires. In revising the plan, Sipe is asking community members to share their stories during a series of meetings across the county: "We want them to let us know where :there are vulnerabilities," he said. addresses in detail what occurs during an actual emergency -- from who calls it to the location of evacuation centers. Sipe has the authority to proclaim an emergency, and the Board of Supervisors has seven days to ratify it and formally declare it. The county's public health director has similar authority when the emergency is due to a sickness outbreak. The emergency operations center would be located on the second floor of the courthouse annex in Quincy, and if that site is unavailable for any reason, operations move to the sheriffs department. Sipe said that the county has worked with Plumas Unified School District and Feather River College to use their campuses as evacuation sites. Both entities are also required by the state to have their own emergency preparedness plans. The school district has one in place, and the college is currently working on one. The three local hospitals also have plans and Sipe said that the county and the hospitals recently completed a joint training. ,'We did a large exercise with each of the three hospitals assuming massive power outages," Sipe said. "We interact on a regular basis with the hospitals." He said he also worked with See Emergency, page 4A $4. Opportunity drawing; need not be present to win. Supports local hospice, other local charities. For information: 283-4950. Tomorrow: PhotoVoice Project meeting and overview, noon, Courthouse Annex at 270 County Hospital Road (upstairs, to the right)JPlumas County Public Health Agency offers stipend for community group to create photo@raphic health presentation. For information: Dana Cash, 283- 6358. Friday: Main Street Sparkle, starts 5 p.m., downtown. Merchants open late; elementary and high school chorus performance 6:30 p.m. in front of courthouse; tree lighting 7 p.m.; truckers' light parade starts 7 p.m., includes junior high band performance; opening receptions at Capitol Arts Gallery, Main Street Artists. Junior high students will sell clam chowder bread bowls 5 - 8 p.m. on the corner of the courthouse lawn. Chowder prepared by Backdoor Catering, bread bowls by American Valley Baking. For information: 283-0188. Saturday: United Bikers of Northern California "All You Can Ea't" Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., Feather River Grange Hall. $6. Includes biscuits, sausage gravy (meat-free alternative available), fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea. Bloody Marys, screwdrivers, mimosas Eta Alpha 37th Annual Holiday Craft Faire, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m:, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds Commercial Building, Santa available for photos 10 a.m. - noon, 12:30- 2:30 p.m. Handmade gifts, goodies, 50/50 drawing, more. For table information: Gloria, 394-7579. Le Panache madrigal concert, 7 p.m., West End Theatre. Plurnas County singing group, directed by John Probst, presents religious and secular Christmas chorales, accompanied by individual solos. Free, open to the public. Sunday: Annual Courthouse Sing, 2 p.m., Plumas County Courthouse. Includes performances by elementary, high school choirs. Josiah James Christmas Concert, 6 p.m., Springs of Hope Christian Fellowship at 59 Bell Lane. "'Heaven Came Down' Christmas Tour: A Night to Celebrate the Birth of Our Savior." Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free; everyone welcome; includes refreshments. Tuesday: High Sierra Community and Youth Orchestra performance, noon, Plumas County Courthouse. Conducted by Johnene McDonald. IEP Prep Clinic, 4 - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church at 282 Jackson (at High Street). Address your child's educational concerns. Call to reserve a spot: Vikki Tuck, 283- 2735, ext. *829. !