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Avista Continues Restoration Efforts from Early Morning Storm
Approximately 7,000 customers are without electrical service at 3:30 p.m.

  • SPOKANE, Wash. – Nov. 13, 2006, 3:30 p.m.: Avista crews made good progress today in restoring power to the approximately 20,000 customers who lost power from the high winds and rain that moved through the region this morning. At this time, about 7,000 Avista customers in the following areas remain without service:

    Spokane area – 3,698
    Coeur d’Alene area– 1,206
    Colville – 12
    Kellogg –831
    Palouse – 1,113
    St. Maries –146
    Various scattered outages - 39

    Avista’s main focus is to restore power to customers as quickly and safely as possible. Avista crews are concentrating on areas that when repaired, will restore service to the largest number of customers. Restoration work will then move to neighborhood services lines, to transformers that serve small blocks of customers, and then to individual customers. Avista has brought in additional contract crews to assist in the restoration effort; however, it could be Wednesday night before all customers are returned to service.

    Customers with portable generators are reminded that improperly installed generators can backfeed into electrical lines and endanger the lives of emergency workers and your neighbors. The only safe method of using a portable generator is to plug electrical appliances into the generator. The generator’s exhaust can be deadly, so it is essential that the unit’s exhaust be properly ventilated.

    During a Power Outage
    To aid customers and crews during outages, Avista suggests customers take the following steps:
  • Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment, especially sensitive electronic equipment, even if you have surge protectors.
  • Set heating thermostats at lowest possible temperature.
  • Turn on a porch light so repair crews and you will know when power is restored to your home.
  •  Do not cook indoors with charcoal or other fuels or cook on items not meant for indoor use, such as a grill. They can create deadly fumes if used indoors.
  • Keep your refrigerator closed as much as possible.

Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is a company operating division that provides service to 341,000 electric and 298,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista’s non-regulated subsidiaries include Advantage IQ and Avista Energy. Avista Corp.’s stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.

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