Some mountain communities still without power


While people were without lights and heat, businesses also suffered.

Winona Thomson is a manager at Ducey's at Bass Lake. She says the restaurant was closed all day Monday, but opened up Tuesday using a generator.

"They just assumed we weren't open because nobody had power. I think it really hurt our business," said Thomson, "We wanted to stay open for the public so they had somewhere to go."

Thomson says a space heater was used in a tiny room to serve customers hot food in a warm setting. The rest of the business was without any heat.

"What's that been like working? Cold! Very cold, we were in jackets."

Other mountain businesses were also closed. Many in Oakhurst were shut down all day Monday, but were able to reopen during the week.

PG&E crews spent the entire week, day and night, working to repair downed power lines.

The utility company says any business or home that went without power for a significant time may be compensated for the loss. Business owners will need to file a claim with PG&E to see how much money, if any, will be paid out.

With no certainty of compensation, Thomson says, she wishes Ducey's had a better week. "I think we did the best that we could and made everybody comfortable. I wish more people would have known we were open."

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