As Spokane braces for the possibility of winds up to 50 mph Thursday into Friday, Avista is monitoring the track of the storm to see if it will affect its service area. KHQ checked in with Avista Wednesday as Avista was checking on their supplies. Crews said based on the projected size of the storm their supplies are in good shape and should be able to handle what comes toward Spokane. Avista said they’re also prepared to have employees take on different or extra responsibilities if they need to go into storm mode.
Avista has a mutual aid agreement with other utility companies. It’s possible if they get a request, local Avista crews would go to the west side of the state to help.
“If we receive a request from another utility we would certainly take a look at that,” said Debbie Simock with Avista Utilities. “Whether or not we would be able to would depend on the number of service outages in our territory. Our responsibility, number one is to make sure our customers are returned to service as soon as possible.”
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