How small business owners in Murphys are coping with power shutoffs

How small business owners in Murphys are coping with power shutoffs


MELINDA THIS IS WHAT THE HEART
: OF ANGELS CAMP LOOKS LIKE, A
GHOST TOWN. BUSINESSES CLOSED, NO PEOPLE ON
THE STREETS.>>THIS STUFF COULD SURVIV
HIGHER TEMPERATURE. MELINDA STEWART SEGALE FROM THE
: SIERRA HILLS MARKET HAS TRIED
TO PROTECT THE FOOD FROM
SPOILING.>>IT’S BEEN CHAOS WITH
CUSTOMERS TRYING TO GET WHAT
THEY NEED BEFORE SHUTTING US
DOWN FRUSTRATING FOR ME AS A
MANGER TO TURN PEOPLE AWAY. MELINDA: THEY HAVE ORDERED A
BACK UP GENERATOR BUT IT WILL
NOT ARRIVE FOR ANOTHER TWO AN A
HALF WEEKS.>THEY HAVE BROUGHT IN SEVERAL
THOUSAND POUNDS OF DRY ICE TO
TRY TO KEEP THESE COOLERS COLD,
BUT FOR SOME ITEMS ITS TOO LATE
THIS HALF GALLON OF ICE CREAM
FEELS LIKE A HALF GALLON MILK SHAKE. THEY HAVE ALREADY LOST THOUSANDS
OF DOLLARS FROM THE OUTAGES, AND
— OUTAGES.>>ONCE WE GET POWER WE HAVE TO
DO MORE CRITICAL TEMPERATU
CHECK ON THE RAW MEAT. WE DON’T WANT TO MAKE ANYBODY
SICK. MELINDA: SOME BUSINESSES ARE
ABLE TO GET BY WITH SMALL
GENERATORS. AND SOME RESTAURANTS HAVE
ADOPTED. THE MURPHYS HOTEL HAS A POWER
SHUT OFF MENU.>>WE ARE JUST TRYING TO
MAINTAIN. MELINDA: SOME ARE GETTING THEIR
PHONES CHARGED AND RESOURCES AT
THE RESILIENCY CENTER AT UTICA
PARK.>>ABOUT 500 PEOPLE VISITED IN
24 HOURS TO POWER UP DEVICES. MELINDA: MAKING SOME GRATEFUL
AND WARM DURING THE COLD AND THE
DARK. IN CALAVERAS COUNTY, MEL

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3 Comments

  1. There seems bigger chance for fires, if people are using lanterns, and candles for light, or portable gas heaters for heat, generators for power.

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