Storm Causes Damage to Marina; Grid

View of Hayden Lake Country Club Marina courtesy of Bob Shillingstad

Thursday night's storm caused damage around the Kootenai County area. According to a photo from Bob Shillingstad, the storm tore canopies off the docks at the Hayden Lake Country Club Marina.

Additionally, the Kootenai County Electric Cooperative reported last night in a press release that more than 2,100 homes were without electricity do to Thunderstorms: "Thunderstorms rolling through our area have caused power outages in the southern part of our service territory. More than 2,100 members in the Worley, Rockford Bay and Plummer areas are affected. Our transmission service provider (Avista Utilities) is also affected. No estimated restoration time is available at this time.

Also note: When the risk of fire is high, we modify our system to turn off automatic re-energization when a fault occurs. Faults can be caused by lightning, heavy winds, trees or branches on lines, vehicles colliding with poles, wildlife and more. If a fault does occur, KEC crews will patrol the line prior to restoring power. This may increase the quantity and duration of outages, but we believe this is the best option to reduce the risk of wildfire in our area. The system will return to normal operation as weather permits and when we feel it is safe to do so. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to keep our communities safe."

Later the KCEC reported that the outage would most likely be solved by 10:00 for the Coeur d'Alene area and 10:30 for the Worley and Spirit Lake areas.