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After the New Year’s Eve Storm Many Were Left Without Electricity

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, January 3, 2023 7:16 am

RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – After a severe snowstorm slammed western Nevada on New Year’s Eve, over 20,000 Nevadans are still without electricity.

“It’s getting too long to stay home anymore, everybody wants to but it’s just too cold,” said Lynn Baker, an NV Energy customer without power.

Since New Year’s Eve, Baker and her husband’s Reno house has been without electricity. They attempted to get by as snow fell and the temperature plummeted far below freezing.

“Last night we found out it wasn’t enough and decided to head out this morning,” Baker said.

They were happy to find a cheap hotel at the Peppermill Resort on Monday so they could escape the chilly weather. Baker also need charging for her travel oxygen tank.

“He found a place to plug that right away,” she said.

Not just the Bakers are stranded and waiting in the cold during the long weekend. On December 31, 2022, NV Energy reported that 71,000 Nevadans were without electricity at its worst.

“Going back many, many years, I don’t think we’ve seen that type of damage from a storm like this,”

Two-thirds of those customers already have power, according to Jesse Murray, Vice President of Electric Delivery at NV Energy, but roughly 20,000 people are still waiting for the lights to come on.

“We now have crews from southern Nevada, eastern Nevada, Utah, Oregon and California that are all assisting,” Murray said.

For those who still lack electricity, many counties have erected warming facilities. Washoe County’s Reno Sparks Convention Center is open through Tuesday.

“Recharge your devices, connect with family members, grab a hot cup of coffee and just wait out the time until your home has power again,” Mary Powell from the Red Cross of Northern Nevada said.

To restore all outages by Tuesday, according to Murray, but for consumers like Baker, that can’t happen soon enough.

“What if you have a brand new baby?” Baker said.

“That’s something,you don’t need, “we’re doing the best we can”, you need your baby to be safe.”

Warming Centers:

Washoe County –

Reno Sparks Convention Center

4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV

Douglas County –

Douglas County Community & Senior Center (Open 24 Hours)

1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV

East Fork Fire Protection District Station 4 (Open until 8 a.m.)

1476 Albite Road, Wellington, NV

Harvey’s Lake Tahoe (Open 24 Hours)

18 Hwy 50, Stateline, NV

Carson City-

Carson City Multi-Purpose Athletic Center (Open until 8 p.m.)

1860 Russell Way, Carson , NV

Hotel discount codes:

The Peppermill Resort — HSNO

The Row — SNOW23

Credits: KOLO TV

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