SPOKANE, Wash. — Many businesses, along with residential areas, have lost power due to targeted outages.
At Latah Bistro the power was on and off for two days. In both instances, they did not receive any warning about the outages. This unknown forced them to close for the day.
Latah Bistro bartender Travis Hurley said they thought they were only going to close Monday.
"We closed for the night, then thought we'd be back today. I just got to work today, and it [the power] was off," Hurley said.
Latah Latte barista Mackayla Miller also had to shut down.
"We don't have any answers on when it's going to open, it is way too hot for us to just stick around, so I'll probably just close for the day,"
Many businesses that didn't lose power are still facing challenges from the heat wave.
A bartender at Bennidito's Brew Pub said they had some malfunctions as well.
They said they had problems pouring beers because their coolers were overheating and they had multiple fridges break.
Avista said Monday that the targeted outages were in place to prepare its electric system that experienced a new peak demand and equipment was at risk of failing amid the strain of high temperatures.
They said they were going to try to keep each outage under one hour.
Many events had to be canceled because of the heat as well.
The Spokane Fire Department's vaccine clinics, Riverfront Eats and the Garland Summer Market all had to shut down due to heat concerns.