Avista crew work to restore power in region

| October 25, 2020 1:00 AM

Avista crews have made progress throughout the region Saturday and will continue to work through the night to restore power after Friday’s snowstorm.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Avista had restored power to 17,827, or approximately 81%, of the 22,000 customers who lost power at the height of the snowstorm. A remaining 4,173 customers were without power as of Saturday evening.

Currently, all available Avista crews are working the outages, including line crews, contract crews and vegetation management crews.

“Restoring the remaining 4,173 customers will be challenging because of the nature of the time-consuming and labor-intensive repairs that are necessary for service restoration,” Avista officials said in a press release.

With more than 474 outage incidents and the amount of damage to individual service lines, it is anticipated that the majority of the remaining customers’ power will be restored by Sunday evening.

“Avista understands how challenging it is to be out of power during these colder temperatures, and we thank our customers for their patience,” officials said.

Information: Avista Utilities, myavista.com/outage