Rough terrain making it difficult to restore power

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 4:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 5 at 6:54 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Several thousand people were still without power Monday night. Many are asking why it is taking so long to get the power back on.

Nick Wilhelm spent three day learning how to live without electricity. His home just off Wall on Westover in Northwest Spokane was slammed by Saturday’s storm.

“We couldn’t get fans working. So it’s been really hot trying to stay in the shade,” said Wilhelm.

KREM 2 on Your Side spoke with International Line Builders, a company who helps Avista restore power. The Operations Manager, David Hatch, said one of the big reasons power is still out in many area is the treacherous terrain in Spokane.

“The terrain is definitely an issue. Especially up here on the north end. You have benching. You get into the backyards and it drops off,” said Hatch.

He said the rough terrain with trees over snapped power lines makes it a tough job for workers.

“The lines up here are old and access is very hard to get to,” said Hatch.

Hatch said he had 28 men working around the clock to get power restored across Northwest Spokane.

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