Spokane Co. power crews work 100 hours in 5 days

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:37 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Dozens of linemen worked long hours to restore power after last Wednesday’s storms.

The storm was the worst storm Spokane has seen since the ice storm back in 1996. It cut power to nearly 55 thousand customers.

Kyle Hasenoehrl worked as long as Inland Power and Light would let him before he had to take a break.

“It’s disheartening when you have to go home and people are still out of power and you’re sleeping when they’re out of power,” said Hasenoehrl.

Many of the foremen for Inland Power worked through the weekend to restore power. About 15,000 customers were counting on them and over four days they worked at least 100 hours.
Monday, they worked on broken lines for the 30 people left without power in rural areas like Riverside.

For Avista, their foreman wrapped up a 16 hour shift. Crews restored power to 40,000 of their customers Sunday using a mapping system that shows them where the outages are.

A spokesperson with Inland Power said power was expected to be restored by Monday night.
 

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