SO, ONE YEAR LATER, WHAT LESSONS HAVE WE LEARNED FROM
LAST YEAR'S WIND STORM?
K-X-L-Y'S JEFF HUMPHREY CONTINUES OUR TEAM COVERAGE
NOW-- LIVE-- WITH THAT PART OF THE STORY.
WELL I NEVER REALIZED JUST HOW MUCH I WAS RELYING
ON MY CELL PHONE UNTIL OUR HOUSE LOST POWER AND I
WASN'T ABLE TO CHARGE IT UP.
CELL PHONE BATTERY PACKS NOW AN IMPORTANT PART OF
POWER OUTAGE SUPPLIES.
AT FIRST IT SEEMED LIKE A RUSTIC, ROMANTIC ADVENTURE.
KEEPING WARM BY THE FIRE, COOKING ON CAMP STOVES.
BUT IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR THE GRAVITY OF WINDSTORM'S
DAMAGE TO SET IN.
SURVIVAL 5 11/18/15 W12 23
CHIEF BOBBY WILLIAMS 33;24 we've already had a fire
today, in the county ,that looks like it's the result
of a candle 33;27
WHILE EMERGENCY OFFICIALS URGED US TO SAFELY LIVE
WITHOUT ELECTRICITY, UTILITIES STRUGGLED TO BRING
THE POWER BACK ON.
THERE WERE VERY FEW EASY FIXES.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 11/19/15W13 23
SCOTT MORRIS/AVISTA CORP 07;45 those hurricane force
winds came in and devastated our transmission system.
BEFORE POWER WAS RESTORED, AVISTA REPLACED 482 POLES,
16 MILES OF WIRE AND 717 CROSS ARMS.
A LOT OF US SUFFERED DAMAGE TO OUR HOMES.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 11/19/15W14 23
CAROL BRABANK/ HIGH VOLTAGE HOSTAGE BRAE-BANK
08;55 i was in the kitchen and i heard a loud crash
and i peeked out the front door and all i could see
are evergreen branches 09;01
STORM PREPS 10/12/16 NATS TREE TRIMMING
WINDSTORM MADE US MUCH MORE AWARE OF THE HEALTH OF
THEY NEED TO BE INSPECTED FOR WEAK SPOTS AND IN SOME
CASES, THINNED OUT TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF SAIL PINES
AND FIRS RAISE TO THE WIND.
CAMERON COY/TALL TREE SERVICE 23;46 well right now
we're protecting her home by cleaning out all the
debris and the dead.
that way, when the big winds do come, it doesn't put
to much flex in the trees and helps the wind blow
through it 23;58
YOU CAN STILL FIND TREES DAMAGED BY LAST NOVEMBER'S
THIS FIR LOST ONE OF ITS TWIN TOPS AND NOW STRUCTURALLY
OUT OF WHACK.
STRAIGHT LINE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MILES AN HOUR
TORE DOZENS OF SHINGLES OF THIS HOME.
EVEN ONE YEAR LATER, THE ROOF IS JUST NOW GETTING
JESSE GARNER/ ALPINE CONSTRUCTION 49;03 we're still
doing roofs from that wind damage.
i mean we are barely doing any roofs that don't have
wind damage and we're even going into next year, still
doing roofs with wind damage.
SINCE LAST NOVEMBER'S STORM AVISTA DEVELOPED A NEW
COMPUTER PROGRAM TO HELP THE UTILITY ORDER REPLACEMENT
FOR EXAMPLE IF YOU HAVE TEN THOUSAND HOMES WITHOUT
POWER THE PROGRAM CAN TELL AISTA HOW MANY POLES AND
TRANSFORMERS THE UTILITY WILL NEED TO HAVE ON HAND
TO COMPLETE THEIR REPAIRS.