DOWNED POWER LINES.
AND THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER.
GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US I'M NADINE
IT'S BEEN ALMOST A WEEK SINCE THAT POWERFUL STORM
RIPPED THROUGH THE INLAND NORTHWEST.
ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS.
PEND OREILLE COUNTY.
WHERE A HANDFUL OF CUSTOMERS ARE STILL IN THE DARK.
KXLY4'S KYLEE CRUZ IS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT.
SHE TAGGED ALONG WITH THE PEND OREILLE PUBLIC UTILITY
DISTRICT AS THEY SCRAMBLE TO RESTORE POWER.
it has been a busy few weeks for the pend oreille
pud with the two storms, really packing a 1-2 punch,
crews still working overtime today to restore power
and clean up the mess
we have been covering the ground slowly but surely
1100 MILES OF POWERLINES...
most all those lines were damaged
18 HOUR SHIFTS.
it just takes time
IT'S BEEN A WHIRLWIND FOR THIS SMALL BUT MIGHTY UTILITIES
we were about 6 hours from finishing the first storm.
and we got hit with this second one and pretty much
had to start over
OR HALF OF PUD'S CUSTOMERS WERE WITHOUT POWER ON SATURDAY,
AND - IT'S BEEN A MAD DASH TO FIX IT.
it was a little overwhelming
IN CHRIS JONES' 21 YEAR CAREER WITH PUD.
HE'S NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT.
summerwise, this is by far the worst major storm event
that i have seen in the summer time
THE MAIN GOAL THESE LAST 6 DAYS.
THAT'S ALMOST COMPLETE.
NOW IT'S TIME TO REPLACE THE 75-100 DOWNED OR DAMAGED
IT'S A DAUNTING TASK.
BUT THE COMPANY IS THANKFUL FOR THE 25 COLLEGE STUDENTS
WHO WORK FOR THEM THROUGH A SUMMER PROGRAM.
THEY'VE BEEN KEY IN SPEEDING UP THE CLEAN-UP PROCESS.
especially these last few since that first storm hit,
we have been hands on about 16-18 hours a day, so
you gotta work pretty fast
INCOMING COLLEGE FRESHMAN AVERY MILLER IS GETTING
YOU DON'T ALWAYS FIND IN A CLASSROOM.
i'm kind of going into this field so it's great, it
gets my foot into this door.
that way i know what i'm doing and makes college a
THERE'S STILL A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE ALONG HIGHWAY
WHERE A LOT OF THE DAMAGED HAPPENED.
BUT THIS CREW IS DETERMINED TO GET IT DONE, SAFELY
the pud hopes to return power to the roughly 40 customers
still without power by tomorrow night, soc