SPOKANE, Wash. -- Avista crews said Saturday that more than 98-percent of the customers who lost power during Wednesday’s storm have had their power restored.
Avista leaders said they expected to have the majority of the remaining 609 customers' power restored by 6 Sunday evening. In areas, such as Deer Park, crews were working in treacherous terrain to clear paths and bring in repair equipment according to Avista leaders.
A resident of a neighborhood near North Assembly Street and West Olympic Avenue was one of the last people in the area waiting for power. Extensive damage prevented crews from restoring power at Tom Shultz' home, but he was optimistic.
"You know, what's another half a day?" he said. "I think we can live with that."
Avista leaders said crews needed to ensure Shultz' home was safe before they could restore his power.
"They've been great, all of these companies have been great," Shultz said. "What they've done is take a precautionary move to not let me have power until everything was checked out."
As of 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Kootenai Electric had restored all power to their customers. Inland Power & Light leaders reported Sunday that 400 people are without power.
They said they have crews working around the clock to get power restored.