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Some Cambria residents without power for nearly 48 hours

Posted at 10:45 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 03:59:12-05

From power outages to flooding, the North Coast is seeing a range of issues due to the storm.

On Main Street in Cambria, some businesses have sandbags outside their doors while others have closed down altogether during the daylight hours.

One particular video of Sheffield Street in Cambria has gone viral.

"It's my 27 seconds of fame," joked Cambria resident Oz Barron.

It's been viewed more than 71,000 times since it was posted on Wednesday.

Barron says he's never seen a storm like this in his 11 years living in the small town.

"It was kind of holy cow! We don't have boat," Barron said.

A tree came down and blocked the drainage turning the street into a river.

"I mean we had trees floating down the street. It was crazy," Barron said.

He owns the yarn store in town but it's been shutdown due to an internet and phone outage lasting more than 24 hours.

Others are also living in the stone age.

"I woke up around maybe 4 in the morning on Wednesday and I noticed that the power was out," Cambria resident Amber Harmon said.

She's now nearing 48 hours without power on Lodge Hill. But in the meantime she's been relying on candles and a fire.

"You know we have COVID already so we're used to staying home and hunkering down but this has further altered our perception of time," Harmon said.

School was also canceled for Coast Unified on Thursday.

"Right away my daughter found out she wasn't going to go to school because we had no power so no distance learning so she made a fort and the kids hung out in the fort all day," Harmon added.

Meanwhile, there's no shortage of water in the Santa Rosa Creek which is a welcomed sight by many locals. Barron is also looking at the brighter side of things.

"It's been pretty exciting but unfortunately, a lot of trees down but fortunately, we haven't heard of any big injuries or anything like that," Barron said.

If a PG&E customer is without power for more than 48 hours because of a severe storm, they could qualify for compensation.

For more information, visit, and type in the search box either “File a Claim” or “Compensation Program for Extended Outages."