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Several towns out of power [Updated]

Power restored about 12 hours later


Update: Power was restored at just after 9 a.m. Sunday morning, according to a listing of outages on Inland's website, which cites the origin of the problem as a Bonneville Power Administration/Avista transmission line.

Original story:

The towns of Wilbur and Creston, and every place in between are without electric power tonight (August 8), and according to Inland Power and Light's Outage Center on their website, so is Almira, Davenport and areas as far away as LaCrosse and Newman Lake.

Driving across the plains from Spokane tonight was eerie, with no lights on at farms or at the Telford rest area on SR 2 at just after 9 p.m. Creston and Wilbur were also dark, with only vehicle lights and solar powered garden pathway lights providing any illumination.

Inland's website seems to indicate a rolling outage that was first recorded in Davenport at 9:01 p.m. and spread out from there. At 11:15 lights are still out at 22 points on Inland's service area map.

The company could not be reached for any kind of verification or more information.

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