Plumas fared fairly well during the overnight storm
By Debra Moore
Plumas News checked in with the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol this morning, March 10, to see how the county fared overnight with both a storm and flood warning in place.
According to both agencies, it was a relatively quiet night, though the afternoon started off with a head-on collision near Graeagle that is still under investigation. The crash sent a 91-year-old Quincy man, David Boynton, to Renown Medical Center in Reno, while the driver of the second vehicle, Aaron White, 36, of Portola complained of shoulder pain but planned to seek his own medical attention. Both vehicles sustained major damage in the collision that occurred in wet, slushy snow.
Other than that, there were a few spinouts and high-centered cars reported, when it came to vehicle incidents.
CHP Officer James Stowe said that he is hopeful that today’s break in the weather will give Caltrans and county road crews a chance to remove some of the slushy snow from the roads.
As far as flooding, the county seemed to fare well thus far, with no incidents reported. However, the Canyon experienced more slides. Officer Stowe said there was a new one by Virgilia and another near Rush Creek Road. Stowe, whose regular beat is patrolling the canyon, said that this past year has been the worst that he has observed in his career. Some of the slides have been Dixie Fire related; others not.
Chandler Peay, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said that there were no reports of residential flooding or fallen trees overnight. He said that dispatch received calls of vehicles being stuck around Portola this morning, but they have been cleared.
The weather forecast is for a quiet day and night before the rain and snow return early Saturday.