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Some PG&E customers may be without power for more than 2 weeks after winter storm causes outages

A PG&E spokesperson said many customers will have power restored in the coming days, but Jan. 11 is the estimated time of power restoration.

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. — PG&E spokesperson Megan McFarland said Wednesday that Jan. 11 is the estimated time of restoration for people living in the Sierra who lost power during the Christmas weekend storms.

McFarland said many customers will have power restored in the coming days.

"To be clear, many customers will be restored earlier, but we wanted to share this Jan. 11 estimated time of restoration (ETOR) date to give customers a line of sight into the next period of time," McFarland said in a statement.

Many customers in the Sierra lost power around Christmas with as many as 60,000 customers without power at times.

Those who lost power during a major part of the storm on Dec. 27 could be without power for about two and a half weeks if their power is restored on Jan. 11.  

McFarland said that as of Tuesday, Jan. 4 crews have assessed nearly all of Sierra County, Nevada County, Placer County, El Dorado County and a portion of Yuba County.

Matthew Walker, an Alta Sierra resident, was stocking up on free firewood at Fire Station 89 in Alta Sierra when he spoke to ABC10. 

"As soon as we get really good at what we're doing, the power will probably come back on, but that's just the law of the land," Walker said. 

Walker said everyone he knows, or at least half of them, seems to have a generator. 

"I think it's the generator companies enjoying this whole thing," Walker said.

Outage impact by county

Updated as of Jan. 5 at 8:40 a.m.

Sierra Division total: around 17,000

El Dorado County: 4,070

Nevada County: 10,080

Placer County: 3,800

PG&E has updated its outage map to only reflect service addresses, no longer counties.

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