When the power's out, everbody stops

Expected high winds could lead to power outages, other street obstructions

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 2:23 p.m.

With high winds in the forecast for today, here’s a reminder for motorists: When the power’s out, everybody stops. Motorists should use caution and treat a signalized intersection without power like a four-way stop, allowing vehicles to take turns.

City Street crews are monitoring weather conditions closely today. They are prepared to deploy generators to busy intersections, if needed, but they note that citizens should be prepared for dark signals as well as the possibility of downed power lines and trees blocking the roadway.

Don’t approach a downed power line; call 9-1-1 for assistance.

City resources are also making additional preparations for the storm:

  • City first responders are working with Spokane County Department of Emergency Response to coordinate and deploy resources; non-priority calls for service may experience delays.
  • Leaf pickup crews working around the city are on standby to respond to downed trees blocking streets. To report a tree blocking traffic, call 625.7733.
  • The warming center will be open tonight at 8 pm at the Salvation Army, 222 E. Indiana Ave., to provide relief from the weather.