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Avista CEO: Could be midweek before power is fully restored

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A press conference was held Saturday afternoon. A press conference was held Saturday afternoon.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

At a press conference Saturday, power companies and Greater Spokane Emergency Management said they were making great progress in the power restoration process following Tuesday's devastating windstorm. As of Saturday evening, Avista's outage map shows just over 50,000 customers without power and Avista's CEO says it could be until midweek until power is fully restored.

Avista said in the press conference that due to the challenging work for crews including sometimes not being able to use equipment in some areas and having to replace poles by hand, it could take longer than expected to restore power to all of their customers.

Avista also said that over the past three days they have been able to triple its workforce, and are looking to bring in more crews from Montana and elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Inland Power reports still has about 8,000 customers without power mostly in Bonner, Stevens and Spokane Counties. Modern Electric says they're down to 50 customers without power.

Shelters and warming centers remain open over the weekend. A list of shelters can be found here. 2-1-1 is also open this weekend from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This crisis map also lists resources in the area.

The Department of Emergency Management is beginning the process of damage assessment. Remember to consult with your insurance company before removing storm debris from private property. Officials also want to remind everyone to use licensed contractors if they need assistance. The vast majority of contractors out in the community are offering legitimate services and here to help. Unfortunately, residents need to be aware that there are people who would take advantage of the situation. 

You can watch the full press conference from Saturday afternoon HERE.

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