Snow pack knocks power out for thousands of customers

As of Sunday evening outages were still above 2,000.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Snow has pounded the Inland Northwest this holiday season, but instead of being happy about a white Christmas, many spent the day in the dark.

"We were supposed to have Christmas yesterday, all the gifts and everything are still inside," said Dee Holm, who had no power Saturday.

Kootenai Electirc and Avista and had a few customers still without power. About 2,600 remained without power for Inland Power and Light on Saturday.

But in a statement released Saturday, Inland Power said they expected a majority of customers to be back up by Sunday night.

"The first two houses on Crescent Road have power but then everything else is kind of like black hole," said Holm.

Despite being without power the Holms said they have found some unique ways to stay in shape. By hitting the gym, but not for a workout. For a warm shower.

"So we would be able to get showers, get our electronics all charged up," said Holm.

Just like the rest of the neighborhood in Chattaroy, the Holms are battling the below freezing temperatures. Many said they were concerned about the water supply.

"You can't have 14 people in your house when there's no way to flush toilets or do dishes or anything," said Holm.

Inland Power hoped to have the power restored for all customers in more densely populated areas by Sunday night. But those in more rural communities might have to wait a little longer.


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