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A member of the Caltrans District 2 Bridge Crew inspects the Lake Almanor Spillway Bridge on Highway 89. No damage has been detected on any of the bridges that Caltrans inspected. Photo courtesy of Caltrans

Plumas County’s OES coordinator provides update on damage assessments

By Debra Moore

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It’s been nearly 24 hours since a 5.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the Lake Almanor area and beyond at 4:19 p.m. on May 11, followed by a 5.2 aftershock at 3:18 a.m. this morning, so what do we know about damage?

According to the county’s OES Coordinator, Pamella Courtright, the area escaped relatively unscathed. “There have been no reports of significant damage,” she said.

She reported that PG&E performed inspections yesterday and again today — both flying over its facilities and on-the-ground looks. So far, no damage has been discovered.

Courtright said that she went into Chester to check for damage and most of it involved items falling off shelves in local businesses. She checked with each of the Almanor Basin fire chiefs to see if they had reports of damage, but thus far nothing significant has been observed.

Many Chester residents also are reporting similar impacts – falling objects and breakage. Plumas Pines Resort on the west shore of Almanor figured prominently in many news outlets’ coverage yesterday and today, as the resort shared video and still photos from the damage the quake brought to the facility. The resort, which announced that its restaurant would be closed for a couple of days, is located very near the epicenter, which was under Lake Almanor.

In Greenville, employees at Dollar General and Evergreen Market also reported that items were knocked off shelves.

Caltrans report

Caltrans reported that its District 2 Bridge Crew took a proactive approach and inspected 11 bridges, including the Spanish Creek Bridge on Highway 70 and the Lake Almanor Spillway Bridge on Highway 89.

“While District 2 did not receive any reports of damage, our crews went out and inspected these bridges for any cracks or misalignments,” a statement read. “We’re happy to report that no damage was found, and the traveling public can rest assured that they are safe traveling through District 2.”

This story will be updated as necessary.

2 thoughts on “Plumas County’s OES coordinator provides update on damage assessments

  • Thank you. This article was helpful.

  • Thank you so much for your timely information. I was a Lake Almanor resident for 50 years and have many friends who who are still property owners and business owners in Chester. Lake Almanor West will always be home.

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