145,000 SMUD customers in Sacramento lose power

Power returns for some SMUD customers after more than 145,000 lose power in Sacramento



WHEN THE SUN WAS STILL UP. WE WILL GET THAT PULLED UP FOR YOU RIGHT NOW. WE COULD SEE CREWS WORKING ON THE BRIDGE. WE HAVE BEEN SEEING TRUCKLOADS OF STONE COMING THROUGH THIS AREA THAT THEY ARE DROPPING INTO THE WATER TO SHORE UP THAT BRIDGE TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF THE BRIDGE AS WE HEAD TOWARDS WILTON. WE NEVER GOT THAT FAR. WE DECIDED TO STAY THIS FAR BACK, FIRST RESPONDERS AND CREWS WORKING OVER THERE SAID YOU HAVE TO HANG BACK THIS WAY IT IS JUST MUCH SAFER OVER HERE, SO THAT IS WHAT WE DID. EARLIER, THERE WAS A HUGE LINE OF CARS MAKING THEIR WAY DOWN WILTON ROAD. IT HAS BEEN QUIET OVER THE LAST FEW HOURS AS PEOPLE REALLY JUST TURNED AROUND AND GOT ​​OUT OF THE AREA, BUT LIKELY BEEN TALKING ABOUT ALL DAY, THERE IS STILL A LOT OF WATER. THERE IS WATER ON THE ROADWAYS AND WE ARE WATCHING THINGS CLOSELY AND WE WILL RELATE ANY INFORMATION WE CAN TO YOU. THERE IS AN EVACUATION CENTER IF YOU NEED SOMEWHERE TO GO. THE SPECIFIC ARE ON OUR WEBSITE. THAT IS IN ELK GROVE. >> THANK YOU. STAY SAFE. INCREDIBLE TO SEE THAT FLOODING ON THE ROADWAYS. EL DORADO COUNTY, WE HAVE SEEN FAST-MOVING FLOODWATERS AS WELL THERE. THAT’S WHERE WE GO TO MICHELLE BANDUR IN CAMERON PARK. MICHELLE, WHAT IS THE LATEST? IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE STILL THERE BEHIND YOU. >> YES. POWER IS OUT IN PARTS OF THE PARK. ON THE SIDE OF THE STREET, THERE IS NO POWER, BUT IF YOU LOOK ON THE OTHERS’ LINE AT THE STREET THERE IS POWER HERE ON THIS SIDE. WE JUST SPOKE WITH THESE HOMEOWNERS WHO EVACUATED THEIR KIDS, BUT CAME BACK WITH AN SUV FULL OF SANDBAGS THEY ARE PUTTING AROUND THE HOUSE AND TOLD ME THAT THEY DID GET WATER INTO THE HOUSE AND INTO THE BEDROOMS THE KIDS AT THIS HOME, SO THEY ARE PUTTING SANDBAGS UP TO KEEP THE WATER FROM COMING INTO OTHER PARTS OF THE HOME. WE HAVE PG&E CREWS HERE WHO WERE SHOVELING SOME OF THIS GRAVEL. THEY SAID THEY HAVE AN UNDERGROUND POWER SWITCH THEY WILL TRY TO WORK ON TO GET SOME POWER ON FOR THESE FOLKS WHO ARE DECIDING TO STAY, EVEN THOUGH THERE IS A MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER FOR 150 RESIDENTS, AND YOU KNOW, SOME ARE JUST GOING TO STAY HOME TONIGHT. THE SHERIFF’S DEPUTY MAKE THE ROUNDS AS EVACUATION ORDERS ARE PUT IN PLACE FOR NEARLY 150 PEOPLE. >> IT STARTED RAINING, BUT THE WATER GOT DEEPER AND DEEPER. I HAVE BEEN HERE SIX YEARS, AND IT IS WORSE THAN IT >> HAS EVER BEEN. SHE ESTIMATES MORE THAN 6 INCHES OF FLOODWATER RUSHED THROUGH HER YARD INTO HER GARAGE. >> IT BROKE THE BACK FENCE. IT IS AMAZING HOW STRONG IT IS. IT IS JUST DIRTY, MUDDY, AND THEIR STUFF FLOATING, PIECES OF WOOD, AND THE BARK IS ALL AROUND US. >> THEY ALSO LOST POWER AND PG&E CREWS ARE WORKING TO RESTORE ELECTRICITY. DESPITE THE MANDATORY ORDERS TO LEAVE, SHE IS STAYING PUT. >> WE WANT TO WATCH THINGS. WE HAVE A GENERATOR. IF IT GETS BAD, WE WILL LEAVE, BUT RIGHT NOW, I AM, I JUST DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE YET. >> HOURS BEFORE EL DORADO COUNTY AUTHORITIES ORDERED EVACUATIONS, SOME RESIDENTS ALREADY MADE THE DECISION TO LEAVE. HER HOME ON CHELSEA ROAD IS SURROUNDED BY WATER. SHE GRABBED HER THREE CATS AND HER MOTHER. >> SHE IS ON OXYGEN AND EVERYTHING SO NOW ARE GOING TO A DIFFERENT HOTEL BECAUSE THEY ARE BOOKED SOLID THERE. >> IT IS DESTROYING EVERYTHING. >> YOUR HEART GOES OUT TO THE FOLKS WHO ARE SEEING SOME MAJOR DAMAGE FROM THIS FLOODING IN THE SANDBAGS ARE COMING IN AND FOLKS REALLY HOPE TO KEEP THE WATER OUT. WE HAVE BEEN OUT HERE ALL DAY AND IT REALLY HAS COME UP ONE TIME IT LET UP JUST A LITTLE BIT DURING ONE OF OUR LIVE SHOTS EARLIER TODAY, BUT NOW THE RAIN HAS JUST BEEN RELENTLESS IN THE RESIDENTS SAID IT WAS A RAGING, RUSHING RIVER RIGHT WHERE WE WERE STANDING A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO, WHICH HAS JUST LEFT A LOT OF DEBRIS IN THIS AREA, AND YOU KNOW, IT IS JUST INTERESTING BECAUSE NOW THAT WATER HAS RECEDED, BUT IS STILL CREATING A LOT OF PROBLEMS AND PEOPLE ARE JUST TRYING TO SAVE THEIR HOMES AND PG&E ARE TRYING TO GET THE POWER ON FOR FOLKS, SO THIS IS JUST HOW PEOPLE WILL BE SPENDING THE NIGHT HERE. BRITTANY: THANK YOU. WE KNOW THINGS GET MORE DIFFICULT AS THE SUN GOES DOWN AND IT IS DARKER OUTSIDE AND THERE IS ALL THAT WATER IN THE SANDBAGS AND IT IS JUST A TOUGH SITUATION. THANK YOU SO MUCH. PLEASE GET BACK HERE SAFE. MICHELLE WAS JUST LIVE IN CAMERON PARK. PG&E IS REPORTING POWER OUTAGES. THAT’S A LOOK AT THE OUTAGE MAP. WE WILL PULL THAT UP FOR YOU. IT LOOKS LIKE ANYWHERE FROM 50 TO 499 HOUSEHOLDS ARE WITHOUT POWER RIGHT NOW. THAT IS WHAT YELLOW MEANS. THIS IS AN IMPROVEMENT FROM AN HOUR AGO. AT THAT POINT IT LOOKED LIKE 505,000 RESIDENTS — 500 5000 RESIDENTS WERE WITHOUT POWER. I HAVE NOT HEARD BACK FROM PG&E SO WE WILL CONTINUE MONITORING OUT FOR YOU TONIGHT. AND SACRAMENTO COUNTY, OFFICIALS CLOSED A NUMBER OF ROADS DUE TO FLOODING. THAT INCLUDES ARNO ROAD, BETWEEN RAILEY ROAD & KERRY LANE. AND PELL-AN-DINI ROAD, BETWEEN TWIN CITIES AND ROBSON ROAD, KIEFER BOULEVARD IS CLOSED, FROM JACKSON ROAD TO GRANT LINE. AND SCOTT ROAD IS CLOSED AT DEER CREEK. RIGHT NOW THERE’S NO WORD WHEN ANY OF THOSE WILL REOPEN. IN AMADOR COUNTY, SWIFT MOVING WATERS AFFECTED THE COMMUNITY OF JACKSON TODAY. TAKE A LOOK. YOU CAN JUST SEE AND HEAR HOW POWERFUL THAT WATER IS AND IT IS RUSHING, REALLY REACHING TO THE FRONT DOORS, EVEN ABOVE THAT FOR THESE HOMES GETTING REALLY, REALLY CLOSE, I MEAN, WOW, OH MY GOSH, COMING UP OVER THAT. IT IS A REMINDER YOU DID NOT WANT TO BE NEAR A BODY OF WATER RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING ACROSS THE REGION. IN PLACERVILLE, CREWS ARE WORKING TO REMOVE FLOODING IN THE AREA. WE SAW WORKERS ON BROADWAY, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, TRYING TO CLEAR A DRAIN BLOCKED BY DEBRIS TO GET THE FLOOD WATERS INTO THE DRAIN. >> OUR CREWS ARE OUT WITH THE BACKHOES AND OTHER PIECES OF EQUIPMENT TO CLEAN IT ALL UP. BRITTANY: THE WATER WAS ABOUT HALF A FOOT DEEP. WE WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT IF YOU SEE STANDING WATER LIKE THIS AND I KNOW IT IS TOUGHER NOW THAT IT IS DARK OUTSIDE YOU DO NOT WANT TO DRIVE THROUGH IT AS YOUR CAR CAN GET CAUGHT IN WATER CAN START ENTERING YOUR VEHICLE. IS A LIVE LOOK AT I-80 NEAR KINGVALE. THE ROADS ARE TOTALLY SNOW-COVERED. I-80 IS TOTALLY SHUT DOWN FROM COLFAX TO THE STATE LINE. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHY YOU CANNOT BE ON THOSE ROADS. WE WANT TO BRING IN METEOROLOGIST DIRK VERDOORN IS HERE. DIRK. TRANSITIONING FROM RAIN THE SNOW IN THE SIERRA, A LOT OF IT. DIRK: YES. IF IT IS COLD ENOUGH, YOU WILL GET A LOT OF SNOW. THE COOLER AIR IS MOVING IN AND HAS STARTED TO DROP SNOW THIS MORNING. WE HAVE SEEN THOSE LEVELS DROPPING ALONG THE MOUNTAIN, BUT STILL RUNNING FAIRLY HIGH. A LOT OF SNOW IN THOSE AREAS GETTING SNOW, SO LET’S LOOK AT WHERE THE SNOW LEVELS ARE CURRENTLY. IT IS STARTING TO DROP. WE WERE BETWEEN THESE TWO AREAS, AND THAT LOOKS CLOSER TO BLUE CANYON, SO THE LEVEL FOR SNOWDROP AND CLOSER TO 5500 FEET , OVER LOOKING AT THE TROMPING AND IT IS COMING DOWN HEAVY WAY ARE GETTING THAT’S SNOW, I-80, DONNER SUMMIT, TRUCKEE, BRIGHT, BRIGHT WHITE MEANS SNOW IS COMING DOWN HEAVY. THIS IS CASTLE PEAK, CLOSE TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AND LOOK AT THIS. IT IS COVERED AND CAKED WITH SNOW. YOU CAN SEE THE TRAFFIC ALONG I-80, IT IS AT A STAND STILL. THOSE ARE TAILLIGHTS. SOME SNOW IN BEAR VALLEY AS AND NOT AS HEAVY. HIGHWAY 108 AND THE PLUMAS COUNTY WHERE WE HAVE WIDESPREAD HEAVIER SNOW ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE COUNTY. WE WILL LOOK AT HOW MUCH MORE SNOW WE CAN EXPECT LATER ON. NOW BACK TO YOU. BRITTANY: THANK YOU SO MUCH. CHAIN ​​CONTROLS ARE IN EFFECT RIGHT NOW CHAIN ​​CONTROLS ARE IN EFFECT ALONG I-80. WE WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT THE INTERSTATE IS SHUT DOWN BETWEEN COLFAX AND STATE LINE RIGHT NOW. METEROLOGIST TAMARA BERG IS IN NYACK. TAMARA, WHAT DO YOU SEE? IT LOOKS LIKE THE SNOW IS REALLY COMING DOWN IN YOUR SHOT. >> YEAH, YOU ARE NO STRANGER TO THESE LIVES THOUGHTS, BECAUSE AS YOU CAN SEE THE SNOW IS REALLY COMING DOWN, AND IT IS STARTING TO FLUFF UP A BIT. WALK AND TALK WITH ME A BIT. YOU CAN SEE THE FLASHING LIGHTS, THE CALTRANS CREWS OUT AND ABOUT, BUT CHP WHO ARE DIRECTING FOLKS THAT AS THEY GET TO THIS POINT IF THEY MAKE IT TO NYACK THAT THEY HAVE TO TURN AROUND AND GO BACK WESTBOUND AND JUST GET OUT OF THIS AREA FOR THE MOST PART. I SPOKE WITH A FEW FOLKS AND THERE ARE DOZENS AND DOZENS OF CARS AS YOU CAN SEE. THEY ARE NOT PUMPING GAS. A LOT OF FOLKS ARE JUST HANGING OUT AND WAITING OUTDOES HEAVY SNOWFALL THAT CONTINUES TO COME DOWN. YESTERDAY IT STARTED RAINING IN THE RAIN WAS PRETTY MUCH RELENTLESS. WE HAVE HAD THE SNOW THAT HAS STARTED TO COME DOWN AND WE HAVE COLD AIR WITH THIS AND IT IS DRYING OUT AND FLUFFING UP, BUT WILL BE PROBLEMATIC THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS AS IT CONTINUES TO ADD UP. I’VE CAUGHT UP WITH ONE DRIVER WHO IS TRYING TO GET ORANGES ALL THE WAY TO ILLINOIS AND HERE IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY. >> THIS SITUATION LIKE THIS, BUT IT WAS NORMAL FOR THREE OR FOUR DAYS. >> YEAH, SO OBVIOUSLY HE WILL HAVE A MUCH LONGER TRACK DOWN INTERSTATE 80 GOING UP AND OVER DONNER SUMMIT ALL THE WAY TO ILLINOIS. HE SAID ONE OF THE BIGGEST VARIABLES IS THAT PUTTING THE CHAINS ON THE SEMITRUCK, AND ALSO GOING THAT SPEED LIMIT, WHICH IS 30 MILES PER HOUR ONCE YOU DO HAVE THOSE CHAINS ON THE CAR. LET ME GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE QUALITY OF THE SNOW, SO COMING DOWN HERE, AGAIN, IT IS STARTING TO FLUFF UP AND STARTING TO CRYSTALLIZE. UNDERNEATH ALL THE FLUFF, YOU HAVE WHAT I CALL THE SIERRA SLUDGE OF THE CEMENT, AND THAT IS WHAT IS FREAKING A LOT OF HAVOC FOR TRAVELERS HERE ON INTERSTATE 80, HENCE THE ROAD CLOSURE HERE. MAYBE WE WILL SEE MORE ROAD CLOSURES TO COME AS IT CONTINUES TO STACK UP. WINTER STORM WARNING UNTIL 4:00 AM IN THE MORNING, AND THERE IS NO TELLING IN THE ROADS COULD OPEN BACK UP UNTIL CONDITIONS ARE SAFE ONCE AGAIN. I CAN TELL YOU THAT CALTRANS CREWS ARE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN TO GET FOLKS TO THEIR DESTINATION SAFELY. BACK TO YOU. BRITTANY: THANK YOU. WE WERE JUST TALKING WATCHING YOUR SHOT. IT IS INCREDIBLE TO SEE HOW LARGE THOSE SNOWFLAKES ARE AT THIS POINT. IT IS AN INCREDIBLE SHOP GIVING US A PERFECT PICTURES OF THANK YOU SO MUCH. GET BACK SAFE. I KNOW IT WILL BE A ROUGH DRIVE. WE WILL BE TRACKING THIS WEATHER SYSTEM ALL WEEKEND. 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Power returns for some SMUD customers after more than 145,000 lose power in Sacramento

Power is returning to some customers in the Sacramento area on Sunday after more than 145,000 were plunged into the dark on New Year’s Eve. But there are still more than 40,000 without power, as of 10:38 am, according to SMUD’s outage map. SMUD warned about weather-related outages due to high winds and rain on their website. SMUD told KCRA 3 that the outages are mostly due to falling trees knocking down several power lines in the area due to high winds. They said there is currently no estimated time for when power will be restored for anyone. Extra crews are being called in to work on restoring power, SMUD said. This is a developing story. Stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.

Power is returning to some customers in the Sacramento area on Sunday after more than 145,000 were plunged into the dark on New Year’s Eve.

But there are still more than 40,000 without power, as of 10:38 am, according to SMUD’s outage map.

SMUD warned about weather-related outages due to high winds and rain on their website.

SMUD told KCRA 3 that the outages are mostly due to falling trees knocking down several power lines in the area due to high winds.

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They said there is currently no estimated time for when power will be restored for anyone.

Extra crews are being called in to work on restoring power, SMUD said.


This is a developing story. Stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.

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