Thousands without power across Inland Northwest

Thousands without power across Inland Northwest

SPOKANE, Wash. - The clean up continues from Saturday's severe weather that left thousands of people without power across the Inland Northwest. As of 6:30 p.m. Sunday night, Avista was reporting about 20,000 people without power.

Avista has crews working around the clock to get power restored. They've been removing limbs from lines and replacing broken power poles.

The Indian Trail area was hit especially hard. Several power poles were snapped in two by the strong winds.

Avista crews are having to replace the entire pole which takes several hours.

Debbie Simock with Avista says the last two storms gave the area a one-two punch but it hasn't been as bad as the ice storm in 1996.

"It's still small compared to '96," Simock said. "These were two significant storms in the number of customers who were out as well as the amount of damage."

Avista crews are in the Spokane area from other services areas working to get powered restored.

Assessors head out to the damaged areas and report back. Crews then load up the gear they need from the service yard and head out.

Avista says they are working as hard as they can to get the lights back on.

"We just really appreciate the patience of our customers," Simock said. "It's really unprecedented to really have Mother Nature take a whack at us twice in ten days. Our crews are working just as fast, as safely as possible and they are working around the clock and will be until all customers are returned to service."

Avista would like you to keep reporting any outage you may have. They add if you come across a downed line treat it as if it were live and do not touch or drive over it.