Snow pile at park entrance

The trestle entrance to the Orofino City Park is blocked by a mound of snow that towers above the railroad track trestle. City and county crews worked to clear the snow, running out of places to put the Thursday, Jan 6 blizzard’s aftermath.

A snowstorm that hit the area late last Wednesday night and continued into Thursday, Jan. 6, dumped nine to 13 inches of snow in the Orofino area, depending on the location, making travel on the roads and highways difficult and treacherous. This was in addition to the previous accumulation of snow that had deposited six to 10 inches of snow in the valley. Early Thursday morning Sheriff Chris Goetz sent out a message through social media and KLER Radio, saying that county plows were out, but were unable to keep up, and he requested that anyone that did not need to travel stay home. Emergency Management Coordinator Don Gardner asked that people check on their family and friends.

There were multiple reports of downed trees along the highway and in other locations throughout the county, and power outages were also reported. Around 9 a.m. Thursday, according to Jeff Marshall, of Clearwater Power, the Ahsahka substation for Clearwater Power lost power from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) transmission line, knocking out service to Ahsahka and customers across the Clearwater River that have their service. Marshall said the substation was working prior to the outage from BPA.

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