Record snowfall in Placer County, California – State of emergency declared

Record snowfall in Placer County, California:

State of emergency declared

25 Jan 2017 – In response to damage inflicted by the “atmospheric river” that hit Northern California this month, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a declaration of emergency.

With rain falling at a rate of almost an inch (2.5 cm) an hour, the storms caused widespread flooding across the county. Later in the week the mountain rain transitioned to record snowfall.

Placer County road crews worked around the clock, plowing the roads enough times during the week to travel a total of 17,000 miles, or 70 percent of the way around the globe.

North Tahoe ski resorts boasted as much as 12 feet (3.7 m) of snow in a seven-day period.

Large portions of the Lake Tahoe Basin lost power for more than five days, some for more than a week.

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