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Tuolumne County Officials Concerned For Residents Dealing With Power Outages

Sonora, CA — Tuolumne County OES Coordinator Steve Boyack says the county is concerned about a number of residents potentially going without power this evening.

Boyack says,We do not have a shelter established as of yet, but we do have contingency plans to establish at a moments notice.” He says his office has been in contact with the Red Cross and all county agencies. A meeting on the issue was held this afternoon in which many top officials attended.

Boyack says his agency is asking residents to stay home until the road conditions improve. He is concerned that the roads could become a sheet of ice this evening and be hazardous tomorrow morning.

Boyack also asks residents to check on friends and family members with special needs. OES spokesperson Kary Hubbard adds thatIf you are a special needs patient and need oxygen or anything such as that, make sure to contact your provider.”

With numerous downed branches and power lines, Tuolumne County Street Supt. Barry Bynum saysIt is kind of a catch-22. With all of the warmth we have had this afternoon, it has made our job a little easier as far as removing snow from the road. What´s happened though is that it has caused enough of a sheet flow problem with water crossing the roads.” Bynum says it could lead to significant problems with ice.

Written by BJ Hansen