Windstorm: What To Know Now

On the evening of November 17, 2015, our city was pummeled by wind storm that leveled trees, damaged homes and cars, and left 180,000 people without power.

The Street Department and Avista have been working hard, around the clock, to clear trees and restore power; but the sheer amount of damage this storm has caused means there are still thousands of people without a place to stay, power at their homes and damage and debris to clean up.

With temperatures this low, the City is working to ensure citizens have places to stay warm, get food, power phones and computers and have resources to clean up debris and damage done to the their property. For safety, Avista is reminding citizens to treat any downed power line as a live line. Do not touch it, and call Avista at (800) 227-9187.

The resources below should help cover those needs as we continue to get our city back to normal.

  • A list of overnight warming centers for people without power can be found here and here.
  • Five Spokane Public Schools and several branches of the Spokane Public Library system are
    open today for citizens to come in for warmth and charge electronics such as phones. See
    details here and here.
  • A list of open grocery stores for people in need of groceries can be found here.
  • A list of urgent care facilities that are currently in operation can be found here.
  • An up-to-date map of trees currently blocking streets can be found here.
  • Information on outages for customers on Avista power can be found here.
  • A list of licensed arborists to help with tree and large tree debris removal can be found here.

In addition to these resources, the City has extended curbside pickup for yard waste for two weeks (through December 18, 2015) and is accepting large emergency storm debris for free at the Northside Landfill, the Waste to Energy Plant and the North County Transfer Station. For more details, see here.

The City is also sponsoring a training today at City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd) at noon to train citizens who want to help with door-to-door safety checks in places like East Central. If you’re interested, please stop by.


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