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Avista Crews Continue Service Restoration Efforts
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Spokane, Wash., June 23// -- Avista crews continue service restoration efforts that began Tuesday evening following a powerful storm that swept through the region causing extensive power outages and damage to Avista's electric transmission and distribution system.

Crews have been working throughout the day to replace damaged poles and transformers, restring downed wire and replace or repair other broken equipment. While a number of customers have been returned to service today, it is anticipated that it could be Thursday before the restoration work is complete.

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, 7,839 customers remained without electric service. While Avista crews continue to make progress restoring service, a large power outage on the West Plains affecting 3,442 customers occurred at 2:45 p.m. today. The breakdown of the remaining outages is as follows:

Central Spokane – 402
East Valley – 518
North Spokane – 47
North Central Spokane – 388
Spokane Valley – 1,238
South Hill – 1,392
West Plains – 3,442
Total Spokane outages – 7,433

Outages also remain in Post Falls/Rathdrum (338) and Hayden (9), with an additional 56 outages in Davenport and Othello.

Avista crews and support personnel have been working around the clock since the storm passed through the Inland Northwest early Tuesday evening. At 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, there were 28,000 Avista customers in eastern Washington and northern Idaho who lost power due to lightning and strong winds.

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 330,000 electric and 285,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista's non-regulated subsidiaries include Avista Advantage (www.avistaadvantage.com) and Avista Energy (www.avistaenergy.com) . 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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Catherine Markson




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