Fog leaves Avista fixing Davenport power lines

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 2:59 PM

DAVENPORT, Wash.--Avista crews worked Tuesday to fix an unusual power outage in Davenport. Fog and frost brought down more than a dozen power lines. More than 1,000 people were left in the dark.

Avista said the last time fog caused this big of a problem was five years ago.

Crews worked around the clock replacing, repairing and deicing power lines.

"Clearing the line before the ice decides to break it and cause outages for our customers,” said Avista District Manager Steve Aubuchon.

Crews can pull wire across a power line to try to get the ice off.

"With ice built up. If you get close it's probably the size of a football plus,” said Aubuchon.

Cold temperatures mixed with fog have been a headache for the workers. The frozen fog on power lines adds extra weight, which snaps lines, and sometimes even the pole.

Crews repaired 17 down power poles and lines in the Davenport area in mid January.

With fog continuing in January Avista expected more lines to come down.

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