Spokane, Wash. Sept. 18, 2019: Avista and Clearwater Power customers will experience a planned power outage on Sunday, October 6, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., as Avista upgrades its electrical transmission equipment. Approximately 828 Avista customers in Orofino, Greer, Weippe, Pierce, Headquarters and the surrounding areas will be impacted. Approximately 662 Clearwater Power customers who receive electricity from the Weippe substation will also be impacted. The improvements will help prevent unscheduled outages directly related to current structures, as well as minimize the duration of future disruptions.
Due to steep terrain in the area, a helicopter will be used to replace two wooden poles with one new steel structure along Highway 12, between Orofino and Greer, reducing traffic to one lane. Traffic control will be in place. Work will also occur along Highway 11, outside of Weippe. Five additional wooden poles will be upgraded to steel without helicopter assistance. New pole stabilization equipment will be installed and infrastructure marred by fire will be replaced with new, less damage-susceptible framing.
“Avista is continually investing in our energy delivery system because we care about the safety and reliability of the service we provide,” said Matt Casey, manager of electric operations in Grangeville and the surrounding areas. “We appreciate our customers’ patience, as well as those of Clearwater Power, as we work to improve the electrical system that serves them. We understand how inconvenient outages can be and are committed to working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power in the area.”
Avista and Clearwater Power customer service representatives have a variety of resources available to assist customers in need. Customers who have questions or concerns can contact Avista at (800) 227-9187 or Clearwater Power at (888) 743-1501 and reference outage number 1910900.