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Posted on: September 13, 2023

Emergency Operations Center and Nevada County Roads Crew Honored as Teams of the Year

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The Emergency Operations Center Team and Nevada County Roads Crew were named Nevada County Collaborative Teams of the Year at the Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 12. 

Emergency Operations Team

February’s epic winter storm caused the collapse of hundreds of trees, structures, and power poles, and widespread access issues. Thousands of residents were trapped in their homes for days, often unable to communicate with the outside world. This team of dedicated employees worked nonstop for 19 days to help keep community members safe, working with local organizations to ensure essential services were provided to those in need. They managed a warming shelter, they coordinated the four-wheel drive delivery of food to residents in the Town of Washington, and they worked with PG&E and telecommunications companies to restore power and communications – pronto! They also sent out an online survey via CodeRED to identify local unmet need, which almost 1,000 residents used! 

Nevada County Roads Crew

The entire winter of 2023 was especially challenging with consistent, record-breaking snowfall. This continued snow made life very difficult for many of us in Nevada County. Through it all, a team of dedicated people worked day in and day out—morning, noon, and night—to help us. This dedicated, hard-working, amazing team worked ‘round the clock, some for weeks on end! Due to their efforts, we were able to get to work and grocery stores, trucks could deliver goods to county businesses, medical facilities, grocery stores, and more; and especially, trucks could deliver propane to heat our homes and PG&E could work on repairing downed power lines! These unsung heroes frequently worked 12-hour shifts in freezing weather, often in the dark of night, sometimes at high elevations and on very curvy and dangerous roads. We all owe a big thank you to Nevada County’s Road Crew for plowing our roads and helping to keep us safe! 

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