Thousands of People Without Power In The Foothills For Four Straight Days

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Power crews were working around the clock Monday night to restore power to more than five thousand homes and businesses in Nevada County.

The power went out last weekend when a storm dropped several feet of heavy, wet snow in the foothills. Trees toppled, power lines snapped and homes and businesses went dark.

Rodger Asher, a retired PG&E lineman, sat in his dark living room lit only with an oil lamp and from his window watched linemen from San Francisco work to restore his power.

"You want to live in paradise you better put up with it," said Asher. Asher and his wife used the wood burning stove to keep warm and to heat food. They turned their snow-covered back porch into a freezer for their food.

Outside his home, more than a dozen trucks lined his Nevada City street. Crews used chainsaws to remove fallen tree limbs from power lines and said they'd be at this one site until the sun came up.

"If you've got lights, thank a lineman," said Jeff Barnard, a lineman with All Day Electric company. He and his crews worked a 32 hour shift, slept for eight hours and were back on the job Monday night.

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