Winter Storm Recovery

PG&E Programs

The PG&E REACH program assists families with low income to pay their energy bills in times of crisis. Learn more about the Relief for Energy Assistance Through Community Help (REACH) program.

Find more information on PG&E programs to manage your energy bills.

Nevada County Offers Free Storm Green Waste Disposal

The County of Nevada is contracting with the Fire Safe Council to offer free storm-related green waste disposal to Nevada County residents for three extended weekends this spring. This disposal program is designed to help2022-GreenWaste_Sq-2 homeowners address the storm debris on their properties in advance of fire season.

WHO: Nevada County residents impacted by the December snowstorms

WHAT: Residents are invited to drop off all brush, slash, and vegetative material generated from the snowstorms. There is no limitation to the size or volume of storm-related green waste debris residents may bring. Please note, trash, treated wood, and root balls are not eligible items for disposal.  

WHEN: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm

  • March 11th, 12th & 13th
  • March 25th, 26th & 27th
  • April 8th, 9th & 10th

WHERE: 12625 Brunswick Rd, Grass Valley CA
Use entrance at Millsite Rd. and E. Bennett Rd 

Quick Tips for Storm Debris Green Waste Disposal:

  • Plan for upcoming Free Storm Debris Green Waste drop off days
    • March 11th, 12th & 13th
    • March 25th, 26th & 27th
    • April 8th, 9th & 10th
  • Process large material into firewood
  • Prepare piles for future burns. Allow material to dry to minimize nuisance smoke and review the burn pile guidelines prior to burning.
    • Share equipment or rental expenses between neighbors:
    • Chipper
    • Splitter
    • Large 20, 30, 0r 40-yard green waste dumpster from Waste Management
    • Goats or sheep
  • Compost leaves and pine needles.
  • Order residential curbside pickup from Waste Management
  • Drop off material at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station (fee-for-service option)
    McCourtney Road Transfer Station Rates
    14741 Wolf Mountain Road
    Grass Valley, CA
    (530) 274-2215
    Wednesday – Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Apply for chipping assistance through the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County
  • Hire a local licensed vendor

Storm Damage Repair 

Building Permits

Residents requiring storm damage repairs will receive priority permitting and have local fees waived for repair permits through the Nevada County Community Development Agency for serious repairs needed following the December 27, 2021 winter storm.

The County’s December 27, 2021 emergency proclamation made fee waivers available for properties that require major permitted repairs due to storm damage, including: 

  • Electrical service damage
  • Roof structural repair
  • Septic repair
  • Well repair
  • Decking reconstruction
  • Foundation repair

The fee waivers will cover permit fees for storm-related repairs through December 30, 2023.

Please contact Nevada County's Building Department at or 530-265-1222, Option 1 to get started.

Find a Licensed Contractor

The Nevada County Contractor’s Association (NCCA) can help residents find licensed contractors to assist with repairs and permitting. Contact NCCA by phone at 530-274-1919 or by email at

NCCA also recommends visiting and checking contractor’s licenses through the California State License Board to verify a contractor's license and insurance status.

CalFresh Reimbursement

Individuals who receive CalFresh benefits and are in need of replacement benefits due to lost food during the recent power outages should submit an individual replacement request with Nevada County Social Services by calling 530-265-7090 or by submitting an individual replacement request online. Social Services can work with individuals to apply for full replacement benefits.

In addition to Nevada County Social Services working with individuals to submit replacement requests, the State of California will issue automatic CalFresh food benefit replacements for residents who lost food due to power outages to households with physical addresses in the zip codes 95986, 95945, 95959, and 95949. Benefit replacements will be issued as credit to Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards on January 27, 2022. The replacement amount will be 25% of regular December benefits issued December 1st through 10th and Emergency Allotments issued on December 4th.

For information or assistance, please contact the Department of Social Services by email or by phone at 530-265-7090.