Strong winds leave thousands of Burney residents without power

Feb 7, 2015 7:54 PM by Charlene Cheng

High, gusty winds ripping through Burney have caused extensive damage.

Trees toppling over are landing on power poles, homes, and even historical buildings.

Just off of Highway 299, Daryl Conover is surveying the aftermath outside of his office.

"It was built in the 50's for the railroad, and I think Fruit Growers co-occupied in the 70's and then the railroad finally shut down and we took over this office," he said.

Due to the storm, that building is now inhospitable.

"The insides caved in in one office, it's leaking in several places, ripped the power out," Conover said.

This is happening all over the city.

PG&E has brought in crews from Oregon and Washington to help restore electricity to thousands of customers.

"We have around 45 poles that are broken off that we have to replace," said Tom Rickard, an electric supervisor for PG&E.

He added that trees in the were burnt and brittle as a result of last year's Eiler Fire.

There's also much less of a windscreen than there used to be.

"It's wide open now, from where the fire went through," Rickard said.

PG&E hopes to restore power to customers by 5 p.m. on Monday.


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