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Avista crews prepare for possible outages ahead of winter storm

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Crews are working all across Spokane ahead of the incoming winter storm.

Avista is preparing for any outages there may be.They say the biggest concern is the freezing rain because ice can weigh down limbs and power lines. The kind of work crews will be doing Tuesday will be short-term work, meaning that they will be able to breakaway if they need to be dispatched to a power outage.

Avista says it will be a normal work day with 10 of their own crews and 12 contracted crews. Those crews will also be the ones responding to power outages. You can see and report outages here: https://www.avistautilities.com/safety/outages/pages/default.aspx

As for the city of Spokane, the streets department has been out sanding, deicing and plowing. They typically have 14 plows per shift clearing the roads, but if things get bad, they can get up to 25 plows out on the road.

Those crews are on standby if they’re needed. The Spokane Streets department also says they’ll be holding the night crews later until 4 a.m. when the dayshift crews come in so there will be 24 hour continuous coverage for the potential snowfall.

The streets department wants to remind drivers to give plows and deicers room as they are trying to do their job safely and clear the roads for drivers.

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