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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 5A STORM, from page 1A reported nothing unusual for the weekend, though crews were ready to respond. CHP busy From the storm's first rain on Wednesday through Sunday, the California Highway Patrol responded to a variety of calls including 12 reports of rocks in the roadway, five downed trees and five reports of downed power poles and lines. One vehicle rollover also was reported. Power outages Paul Moreno, of Pacific Gas and Electric Co., reported that 600 customers in Taylorsville, Greenville and Crescent Mills were without power because of a broken pole as of 9:30 a.m. Monday. The outage occurred at 3 a.m. Sunday and initially impacted 900 customers, but 300 customers had their power restored less than two hours later. Full restoration was expected by Monday evening. In the Bucks Lake area, 270 customers lost power at 9:40 p.m. Sunday due to a tree coming into contact with a line near the dam. Moreno predicted that power would be restored by Monday afternoon. Moreno also reported that 16 customers on the south shore of Lake Almanor lost power at 1 a.m. Sunday, with restoration expected by Monday afternoon as well. Additionally, a handful of single customers experienced power outages during the storm. The Canyon Canyon dwellers likened the weekend's storm to the winter of '97, with flooding in low-lying areas such as Howells Road, east of Belden. Little Indian Creek also flooded, damaging trailers, buildings and some vehicles. Debris from the Chips Fire choked Little Indian Creek and a small lake formed behind the blockage. Eventually pressure sent the trees and water downstream, damaging a culvert and altering the creek. Caltrans crews mined rock from the serpentine section of the highway and used it to rebuild the creekbed. PG&E asked the CHP and Caltrans to close a portion of Highway 70 on Saturday night to allow the power A tree lies where it fell on Jackson Street in Quincy after strong winds from the weekend storm knocked it down. Photo by James Wilson company to open floodgates from three hydroelectric dams along the North Fork Feather River. Although opening dam gates is not expected to raise river levels to the highway, PG&E asked the state to close the highway as a precaution. PG&E will keep the gates open during the storm runoff period to safely allow the water runoff to move through the river naturally. What's next The National Weather Service predicted another storm for midweek that is expected to bring one to three inches of rain to the county. "We are only expected to get a couple of inches of rain and not the wind," OES Director Sipe said. "It won't be comparable to what we just experienced." Staff writers Laura Beaton and Will Farris contributed to this report. Water courses across Highway 70 at Little Indian Creek on Sunday. The flood was caused by a debris dam clogging the culvert under the highway. The dam eventually blew out. Photo by Will Farris Finish off Spartele with Friday, Dec 7 th 9pm- 1 am Richard K. Stockton, Wishing you a safe CLU ChFC, Agent and joyous holiday. Insurance Lic. #0B68653 Providing Insurance & Financial Services Like a good neighbor, 65 W. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971 State Farm is there.* (530) 283-0565 Fax (530) 283-5143 www.richardstockton.us WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE 800StateFarm State Farm Mutual Adomobile trane Company, 0901012J:: "r vtafe Farm Inrnn Cla'ny,loomingtoi IL : ' ; t Rising water from Spanish Creek covers the bike path in Quincy on Sunday. Photo by Dan McDonald Chandler Road is flooded Sunday, Dec. 2, on the east side of the bridge at the intersection with Oakland Camp Road. The road was closed across the bridge and near 3546 Chandler Road, where a large pine tree fell over during the Saturday night storm. Photo by Laura Beaton A E | O-oiDAV The food banks in Quincy are depleted and need restocking. donation of canned and non-perishable food items can help feed hungry families in our community. "Help Feed Hungry Families" Drop off your donations at: The Feather River Bulletin 287 Lawrence St., Quincy 283-0800 8am-5pm Mon-Fri \\; \