Governor Jay Inslee is in Spokane as recovery effort from last weeks devastating storm continues.
Gov. Inslee arrived Tuesday morning and was briefed by local officials on the status of the state of emergency. Gov. Inslee then spoke at a press conference, saying Spokane County has "shown 'Inland Strong'". Inslee said he will report to the state that Spokane County has done well, but understands there's more work to do.
Inslee will spend Tuesday touring the damage in the area and the efforts to cleanup and restore power. Inslee said in the next week or so, he will accumulate information about damage and see if it qualifies for federal assistance.
Hours after the storm had passed and the extent of the damage became clear, Gov. Inslee declared a state of emergency in Washington.
Avista has said the damage is the worst natural disaster they've ever faced, including Ice Storm '96. As of Tuesday at 12:30 a.m., Avista is report a little more than 19,000 customers still without power, with those in the 99203 zip code experiencing the worst of the outages.
Mayor Condon stated that anyone with questions about power restoration or volunteer opportunities should call 2-1-1.