GRASS VALLEY, Calif. (KTXL) – Residents of Grass Valley on Tuesday night were still without power as temperatures continued to drop overnight.
A spokesperson for Pacific Gas and Electric said they still do not know when power will be restored to Grass Valley. They said felled trees and damaged equipment made it difficult for them to assess the damage in the area.
While some people said they were trying to get away for the night, others decided to make the best of a bad situation.
“I don’t think they realized how much snow they were going to get,” said Mary Powell, a Grass Valley resident.
Powell said she lost power at 2 a.m. Monday morning. While she was prepared, she didn’t expect the blackout to last so long.
She said she was frustrated with the lack of communication from PG&E.
“I’m upset because it shouldn’t take that long,” Powell told FOX40.
As Grass Valley spent the second day without power, stores up and down Main Street were closed.
But the residents who live there have managed to keep their spirits up.
“Try to check people out here in the area and shovel people,” neighbor Jimmy Palka said.
For Palka, it was an opportunity for him to show his community how much he cares for him.
“Help as many people as possible and smile whenever we have the chance. That’s all we can do, ”he said.
Palka and her neighbor, Deanna Chilton, quickly got to work making sure their neighbors weren’t stranded and got what they needed while they waited for the power to return.
Although they both agreed that the situation was not the best, they said that being positive was their only option.
“Being negative is going to get us absolutely nowhere,” Chilton said.
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