PG&E crew work to restore power to Valley residents

FRESNO, Calif.

On Saturday, a drizzle of rain fell just one week after a major storm blew through Central California. Many mountain communities, like Oakhurst, still only have limited electricity.

Since Thursday, the Red Cross has been operating an emergency shelter at the Sierra Senior Center in Oakhurst.

"This is the worst winter that I've ever known," said Dave Maguire. He has been there for two days. He told Action News that his home has hot water, but no electricity.

"I got tired of being cold, to be quite honest with you," said Maguire when asked why he went to the shelter.

The shelter is by no means full, but people were in and out of there all day Saturday. They picked up supplies like water and food.

Meanwhile, PG&E crews spent the day working on many of the downed power lines that cut electricity from the mountain towns. Power was brought back to several people.

This, many say, is the worst power outage Madera County has seen in years, and it may not be over for a few more days.

The last night for the Red Cross shelter in Oakhurst was Saturday. Beginning on Sunday the Sierra Senior Center will be open during the day as a warming center.

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