Sunday, March 8, 2015 —A portion of the Tuesday, Feb. 24 Lassen Municipal Utility District meeting focused on the early February power outage caused by a windstorm.
“As you’re fully aware, we had that outage that lasted to the last customer for over a week. It went from a Friday to a Friday before we got Eagle Lake, the last customer on,” said electric operations manager David Folce.
Folce also noted there may be some customers still without power since there are some summer residents who have not been to the area.
The outage, which started Feb. 6, knocked out power to all LMUD customers when severe winds knocked out both PG&E lines to LMUD.
The utility district was islanding power from Honey Lake Power from about 11 p.m. Feb. 6 to about 11:40 p.m. Feb. 10.
“I’d like to commend all the employees who worked in that storm. They did a fantastic job. They had a lot of compassion for the customers and they really care for the customers,” said Folce.
According to general manager Bill Stewart, in the time cards that were being turned in, the event cost the district about $80,000 in overtime.
Additionally, during the public comment portion of the meeting, Stones resident Cheryl McCormack voiced some ideas the utility company could improve during an emergency.
McCormack asked whether it would be possible to do a direct transmission line around Spalding to Stones so more people could have their power back on.
“So that way, when a lot of the streets are out in Spalding, we don’t have to wait for Spalding to come on every single time before we get our power on,” McCormack said.
She also asked whether there was an emergency plan in place that could help all the areas in the county during an event.
Also, during the meeting, electric superintendent Cort Cortez discussed the benefit of the upgrades the district made in redoing electric lines and poles, noting there was no way they could have known what damage would have been caused to the older lines.