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Snow causes power outages in San Bernardino mountains

File photo: Fresh snow leads to big problems for utilities when it weighs down trees, branches and power lines.
File photo: Fresh snow leads to big problems for utilities when it weighs down trees, branches and power lines.
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Roughly 1,000 homes in the San Bernardino mountains will have to weather the weekend without power thanks to 30 inches of fresh snow.

The snowfall this week is a boon for resorts but has left hundreds of area residents in the dark. Snow and ice have brought down trees and branches that have knocked down power lines. The towns of Forest Falls, Bear Valley and Jenks Lake have been hit hardest by the outages.

"Our Southern California Edison crews along with our contractors have been working to restore the electric power in the area but some areas are very remote and the roads are not paved," Southern California Edison's Caroline Aoyagi-Stom told KPCC. "Our patrols are doing damage assessments."

Aoyagi-Stom said the utility's efforts to restore power was made more difficult by fallen trees blocking access to homes without power. 

Southern California Edison hopes to restore power to most customers by 3 p.m. on Monday. Anyone in need of shelter can call the American Red Cross at (909) 380-7230.

Residents should be careful to avoid downed power lines as they could be very dangerous, according to Aoyagi-Stom: "Do not approach those lines. Call 911 immediately."