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Orland storm update

Powerful storm hits Orland:

“Many residents in Willows and Orland have had power restored, but most of the rural Glenn County communities could be days still without power. Jones said it could be up to 5 days for the most remote portions of the county.

A PG&E spokesperson told the Sheriff that 15 feeder lines to the Elk Creek Substation are still down and PG&E is currently focusing all Glenn County restoration efforts to repair the damage at that site. As of 2p.m. Elk Creek still did not have power, officials said.

Roughly 25% of the utility and power poles in Glenn County have been destroyed or damaged by Friday’s storm.

As of 2p.m. Saturday, county law enforcement responded to 72 requests for public assistance. The Willows Fire Department dispatched 68 calls.

County human resource officials have teamed with health services officials to make arrangements for 13 vulnerable or elderly residents displaced by the storm.

All county roads in the Sacramento Valley are currently open, while many mountain roads are open depending on local conditions.

No damage figures were available Saturday, but officials said the most significant losses have been to the utility infrastructure and farmland.

Boyes said many orchard farmers had their trees completely uprooted and while no specific estimate was available Saturday, Boyes said the damage to farm land would be ‘very extensive.'”

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January 6, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. “Boyes said many orchard farmers had their trees completely uprooted and while no specific estimate was available Saturday, Boyes said the damage to farm land would be ‘very extensive.”

    I am very sorry for all those farmers and growers ever at the mercy of the weather from time immemorial. IIRC, it was about this time last year we had the devastating frost (at least in S. CA – was it as far north as you?)when we lost millions in citrus and avocado.

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    Comment by annabenedetti | January 6, 2008 | Reply

  2. Me too, Annabenedetti. There are hundreds of downed almond trees visible on the 20 mile stretch of highway between here and Chico. The loss must be staggering, into the millions of $$. The almonds have shallow roots, but the walnut trees have a deep and wide root system and seem to have done just fine. I haven’t seen a single walnut tree down. We had the same frost as you did last year, but we lost most of our citrus industry to the San Joaquin Valley decades ago, so the economic damage here was minimal.

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    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | January 6, 2008 | Reply

  3. I was wondering about this watching the weather channel the other night. I take it the Culbreaths came out ok.

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    Comment by William Luse | January 7, 2008 | Reply

  4. Yup, we came out just fine – as did most everyone unless you count the misery of several days without heat, lights, and running water. We were among the lucky ones: our power was out for a mere 10 hours.

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    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | January 8, 2008 | Reply

  5. My first trip out of our yard today, and you’d hardly know there’d been a storm in our neighborhood. One almond orchard along the way was significantly destroyed, though — easily 40-50% of trees visible from the road were down. All prune trees appeared untouched. But then, I don’t take the Hwy. 32 corridor to work, either.

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    Comment by Laurie LaGrone | January 8, 2008 | Reply


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