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Dept. of Emergency management urges vigilance

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Sunday the Greater Spokane Department of Emergency Management urged people to remain watchful while crews continue to work to restore power to everyone following Tuesday's windstorm. 

With snow mixed with rain predicted for early in the week, and continued low temperatures, those still inside their homes and without electricity need to remain vigilant in protecting against carbon monoxide poisoning and hypothermia. The DEM says open flames and alternate heat sources are still threats for house fires, so individuals should only use safe methods to remain warm. There is also possibility for frozen and/or burst pipes—keep a running stream of cold water from affected pipes/faucets and keep applicable cabinet doors open to encourage heat flow. 

The call for volunteers has been renewed for Monday. If you'd like to volunteer, visit volunteerspokane.org or call 2-1-1. If you'd just like to show up, training will begin at 9 a.m. in the lowest level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. or at 1 p.m. at East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone.

Low temperatures also present a risk for pets. SCRAPS has power and is offering pet warming centers on Monday. Pets can be dropped off starting at 10 a.m.

As Thanksgiving approaches, the DEM is reporting access to food is becoming a concern in the community. Second Harvest has a list of eastern Washington emergency food outlets on its website HERE, or call 509-534-6678.

Clean-Up and Restoration Efforts

  • City of Spokane continues to make progress with fully deployed crews focusing on clearing arterials and other critical areas around schools and health care facilities—residential and side streets will follow. The City of Spokane extended free disposal of large storm debris through Nov. 29 at its Northside Landfill and Waste to Energy Plant. Over the past few days, those locations have accepted hundreds of tons of debris. Smaller debris can be placed into their clean green bins for regular pick up. Perishable food items can be disposed of in clean green bins once the packaging has been removed.
  • Specific to Spokane County efforts, crews are widely deployed and focusing on arterials and residential and side streets. Due to high volumes, the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System is directing residential storm-related yard and tree waste to its North County Transfer Station, 22123 N. Elk-Chattaroy Road. Debris of all sizes will be accepted free-of-charge through Nov. 29. Hours for those facilities are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Avista continues to make good progress on critical infrastructure and human services priorities, with additional help arriving today from Montana and Portland to repair the hundreds of miles of destroyed distribution lines. On rotating shifts, 123 Avista crews (four times the normal crew count) are now in the field working in populated areas—46,000 homes are still without power in their service area. Avista continues to dig out from the worst natural disaster the company has seen in its history and, due to the magnitude of the destruction, work is taking longer than expected. Officials are still expecting that it may be mid-week before the majority of customers have power.
  • Inland Power and Light, inlandpower.com, is still focused on efficiency and safety in their restoration efforts as 6,000 of their members remain without power. They reiterated their need for individuals to stay clear of downed power lines. It has 21 total crews now dedicated to helping in its restoration of members’ power, but is also projecting a midweek restoration of power.
  • City of Spokane Valley Public Works crews removed all reported blockages from downed trees in the public roadway. No new reports have been received. Please call 921-1000 to report any new storm-related tree and debris blockages in Spokane Valley city roadways. Volunteers were out in seven areas that were still without power distributing safety information, recovery updates, and information on resources for those affected by the storm. Three of those volunteer teams
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