Crews making progress restoring power across the region

SPOKANE, Wash. — Crews are working around the clock to restore power to everyone affected by Wednesday’s windstorm.

Avista officials said it would likely be several days before power is restored to all of their customers. As of Thursday morning, more than 45,300 customers were still without power.

Avista has deployed all available crews to work the outages, but is prioritizing power in critical infrastructure first. Once critical customers are restored, crews will then work to make repairs that will restore power along impacted distribution feeder lines.

Meantime, in an update Thursday morning, Vera Power said service has been restored to all but about 50 customers. Those people live in the Saltese/Bossey neighborhood of Spokane Valley, where a leaning tree is in an unsafe position. The tree is expected to be removed sometime Thursday morning.

Kootenai County Electric last reported about 4,000 members were still experiencing outages Thursday morning. Crews restored power to the Athol, Bayview, Rathdrum, Coeur d’Alene, Worley, Harrison and Post Falls areas overnight.

There is significant damage to the Spirit Lake East and Nettleton Gulch areas and on the back side of Hayden Lake.

In its last update, Inland Power said about 16,000 people were without power.

Find the Avista outage map here and check the Inland Power map here.

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