Avista Crews Make Progress Overnight, Continue Restoration Efforts Tuesday
Marisa Lloyd

Avista Crews Make Progress Overnight, Continue Restoration Efforts Tuesday

Avista

SPOKANE --  Avista crews made great progress overnight and continue to work throughout the day today to restore all customers who lost power during Monday’s windstorm. As of 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Avista has restored power to roughly 32,000 or approximately 94% of the 34,000 customers who lost power at the height of the storm Monday evening. Approximately 2,000 customers remain without power. 

Avista remains well-staffed and focused on restoration efforts. The storm impacted both transmission and distribution lines, causing damage throughout Avista’s Washington and Idaho service territory. The majority of the remaining outages are in areas most impacted by the high winds. Crews continue to assess more than 100 remaining incidents and will continue to work until all customers are restored.

Estimated restoration times are now available on the Avista outage map at myavista.com/outage. The remaining customers are expected to have their power restored by end of day Tuesday, Nov. 16. 

If you are still without power and sustained damage to your overhead mast you may require the services of an electrician to assist in making repairs. The mast is usually located on your roof, where electric service connects from the power pole to your home. For a list of the electrical contractor(s) in your area please visit myavista.com.

 

 

Safety during an outage

Safety remains a top priority and we want our customers to stay safe. Trees in lines and lines on the ground may still be an issue. Customers should treat all power lines as if they are energized. Customers should stay away from any downed power lines, not attempt to remove limbs from downed or sagging power lines, and should not drive over power lines. If customers see a downed power line, they should call Avista at (800) 227-9187 immediately to report its location or email ask@myavista.com.

 

Avista suggests customers take the following steps during an outage:

  • Turn off all the appliances that were on before the power went out.
  • Unplug electronic equipment, including computers.
  • Leave a light or radio on as an alert when power has been restored. 
  • Help Avista crews working in a neighborhood know which homes have power by turning on the front porch light.
  • Do not wire an emergency generator into a home’s electrical system, unless there is a disconnect switch to separate generated power from Avista’s distribution system. Backfeed into power lines could injure or kill a lineman working to get electricity restored.
  • Use a generator only to run specific appliances and locate it outside so poisonous carbon monoxide fumes do not enter the home.

 

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