SPOKANE, Wash. – Nov. 12, 2006, 3:30 p.m.: Avista crews are working this afternoon to restore service to customers who lost power from the wind storm that moved through eastern Washington and northern Idaho today. At this time, about 1,140 Avista customers are without service, the majority in Colville (345 customers) and Grangeville (683) with scattered outages in Spokane, Davenport and Deer Park.
At this time there is no estimate as to when service will be restored to all customers; however, Avista crews will be working throughout the night to return customers to service as quickly and safely as possible.
Customers in the Grangeville area who have not reported their power outage are asked to call Avista at (800) 227-9187.
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 our operating division that provides service to 348,000 electric and 305,000 natural gas customers in three Western states. Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com
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