Utility crews continue to work around-the-clock with hopes of restoring electricity to much of Northern California's foothill communities blasted with icy cold weather earlier this week.

Several residents without power are unable to perform everyday tasks, some of which include cooking hot food, taking warm baths, caring for pets and doing dishes.

The Pacific Gas & Electric Company currently has 300 personnel working throughout foothill communities like Loomis and Placerville to restore power and other services to customers. As of 8:00am Thursday, more than 6,700 people in El Dorado County were without power, while 2,800 were without power in Placerville.

Schools in the Mother Lode Union, Pioneer Union, Gold Oak Union and Black Oak Mine Unified School Districts remain closed Thursday. Rescue Elementary School is also closed for the day.