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Avista puts more crews in the field to continue restoring power
Labor-intensive work of rebuilding distribution lines in neighborhoods continues

 

Nov. 21, 2015, 8:00 a.m.: Around-the-clock restoration efforts will continue in force today for the approximately 61,000 customers who remain without power.

Steady progress continues today. At the height of the storm, 40 distribution feeders were damaged during Tuesday’s devastating storm. Thirty of these feeders serve critical customers such as police, fire and health and human services.

Avista is now “swarming” each of those feeders with 3 to 5 crews working on a single feeder. Each feeder has several sections that deliver power to homes and businesses. They are systematically repairing damaged distribution lines one section at a time.

This morning, work is being completed on the 11 feeders that serve critical customers that were targeted as high priority yesterday. And another 21 feeders have been identified as priorities today.

A total of 97 construction line crews include Avista, contract and mutual aid crews from the Puget Sound area and as far away as California and Nevada are now available to continue the time-consuming and labor-intensive work of rebuilding the damaged distribution lines to restore power throughout the 30,000 mile service territory. They will work on rotating periods of 18-hour shifts in the field and then 8-hour rest periods to ensure they can work safely.

For ongoing outage status, please visit www.avistautilities.com

 

 

Safety during a power outage

Avista suggests customers take the following steps during an outage:

  • Do not wire an emergency generator into a home’s electrical system, unless there is a disconnect switch to separate generated power from Avista’s distribution system. Back feed into power lines could injure or kill a lineman working to get electricity restored.
  • Use a generator only to run specific appliances and locate it outside so poisonous carbon monoxide fumes do not enter the home.
  • If you see a downed power line, stay away. Treat all power lines as if they are carrying electrical current, and never touch or move one.
  • Turn off all the appliances that were on before the power went out.
  • Unplug electronic equipment, including computers.
  • Leave a light or radio on as an alert when power has been restored.
  • Help Avista crews working in a neighborhood know which homes have power by turning on the front porch light.

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