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Spokane, Wash.: Warming temperatures following this morning’s heavy, wet snowfall have caused continuing problems as Avista crews work to restore electrical service to customers in the Colville, Davenport and Deer Park areas who lost service this morning as a result of the storm.
Throughout the day, Avista crews have restored service to some customers, only to have more customers lose power as a result of falling limbs. As of 3:30 p.m. approximately 1,667 customers in the Chewelah area are without service, 2,623 customers in Colville, 199 customers in Loon Lake, 50 customers in Deer Park and 1,130 customers in the Davenport and Valley areas are without power. These numbers may increase this evening as customers return home from work and report new outages.
Avista crews, including those dispatched from Spokane to assist in the restoration, will work throughout the evening and night; however, it is anticipated it will be Thursday before all customers have been restored. Customers are reminded to report outages to Avista at (800) 227-9187.
Avista suggests the following safety tips for customers who may experience an extended outage as a result of the storm:
Be Cautious with Alternative Heat and Lighting Sources:
. Do not cook indoors with charcoal or other fuels on items not meant for indoor use, such as a grill. They can create deadly fumes if used indoors.
. Customers using lanterns and other combustion heating devices in their homes should exercise extreme caution. These devices, using fuels such as kerosene, white gas and propane, all require adequate cross-ventilation to reduce the significant risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
. If using candles or oil lamps, exercise extreme caution. Do not leave candles or lamps unattended and keep them away from furniture, drapes and other flammable materials.
. Do not use extension cords strung from house to house. Use of extension cords is a safety hazard and may create additional outages or fire.
. Portable generators, such as an RV generator, improperly installed could backfeed into Avista lines and endanger the lives of emergency workers and/or your neighbors. Never plug a portable generator into a household electrical outlet or any other house wiring. The only safe method is to plug electrical appliances directly into the portable generator. The generator’s exhaust can be deadly. It is essential that the unit’s exhaust be properly ventilated.
For more safety information, visit www.avistautilities.com
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 325,000 electric and 300,000 natural gas customers in four western states. Avista’s non-regulated subsidiaries include Avista Advantage 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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