Day 3 with no power, but on the way into town I saw the PG&E trucks finally working on that downed power line in Bayside. Last night I was in Arcata as the lights went on - around 6:30 pm. Strange seeing the bars closed and the plaza dark; the bars must've been seriously bumming about loss of New Year's Eve trade. There were crews in the flooded fields working on the transmission lines and others by the CHP in Sunny Brae making it happen. Eureka, of course, was lit up well before.
The soaked ground and high winds took a lot of big ole trees down throughout the county, alas. The big downer for my household has been all the spoiled food. Otherwise, candles, woodstove and books have kept us warm and entertained. We've had no flooding despite the sump pump being offline and the wind (80+ mph gusts at one point) only took part of one woodshed roof.
Aw, man.... Just heard on the radio that people have been flipping off PG&E work crews and otherwise giving them a hard time. Like it's the workers gd fault the power's off. The company is evil, yes, but neither it nor — especially — its employees who've been slogging through the rain and muck is responsible for this series of storms. (Leaving aside discussion of first-world and corporate responsibility for global warming.)
There's a number of handy biome and media links to the left side of this blog, but here's an additional one: CA DOT Northwest Road Conditions
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