Spokane Valley Windstorm Recovery Update

MEDIA RELEASE
Windstorm Recovery Update
November 23, 2015, 1:30pm

 

SPOKANE VALLEY, WA— The City of Spokane Valley continues working with the Spokane County Department of Emergency Management and member organizations on response and recovery from the November 17 windstorm.

 

City of Spokane Valley Public Works crews have removed all reported blockages from downed trees in the public roadway.  No new reports have been received.

  • Crews will be returning to some areas to do further clearing of the roadsides where needed.

There are many downed trees in Spokane Valley parks.  Please warn children and others of the danger of climbing on downed trees, and please stay out of the parks until downed trees have been removed.

 

All traffic signals are back in full service.  We are working with power companies to restore signals.

Call 2-1-1 for windstorm recovery information and resources.

 

The Red Cross Shelter at Spokane Valley Assembly of God church at 15618 E. Broadway, just east of Sullivan, still has capacity for those who are in areas where power is still out.  They have beds, food, warmth, power to charge mobile devices, and they welcome people with pets.

 

Spokane Valley Library at 12004 E. Main is open regular hours and welcomes community members to warm up, charge mobile devices, or to check out a good book to read.  Their hours are Mon-Thur from 10am – 9pm, Friday-Saturday from 10:00am – 6pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.  (Closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.)
Community members are encouraged to report trees or debris in Spokane Valley roadways or downed/missing traffic signs/signals as follows:

 

CITY OF SPOKANE VALLEY REPORTING INFORMATION
DescriptionWeekdays 8:00am – 5:00pmAfter hours
Downed power linesCall local power company, or if unknown, call 921-1000Call 9-1-1
Traffic signal outagesCall 9-1-1Call 9-1-1
Traffic signs down/missingCall 921-1000Call 9-1-1
Downed trees in public roadwayCall 921-1000Call 9-1-1
Debris in public roadwayCall 921-1000Call 9-1-1 if presenting traffic hazard; otherwise call 921-1000 and leave message or report online atwww.spokanevalley.org using the Report a Problem link
Street lights out (not traffic signals)Call 921-1000Call 921-1000 and leave message or report online atwww.spokanevalley.org using the Report a Problem link

 

Volunteers are needed to help check on community members in areas without power and to share information on resources.  Call 2-1-1 to volunteer, or contact Volunteer Spokane at 509-838-6581 or emailvolunteer@unitedwayspokane.org.

  • Our thanks to those who volunteered Saturday to distribute information on safety, resources, and recovery efforts to those in Spokane Valley who were still without power.  For non-emergency windstorm-related information and assistance that may be available, call 2-1-1 (or toll-free 1-866-904-9060).

Spokane Valley University Rd Transfer Station has brought on extra staffing to accommodate increased need for handling yard waste/clean green.

  • They will accept all sizes of storm-downed branches and debris at the usual rates.
    • $10 minimum per visit for up to 400 lbs; $50 per ton
    • Hours:  7:30am – 5:00pm, seven days per week

Spokane Valley’s Community and Economic Development Inspectors are proactively canvassing the community to identify damage associated with the windstorm.

  • The Permit Center will be assisting the community in applying for Informational Permits that may be required as part of property owners’ insurance claims.  These informational-only permits will not be assessed a fee, and subsequent inspections will be performed by the Building Inspectors.
  • In situations when emergency repairs do not allow for advance application for the required building permits, community members may apply for the needed permits within the next business day after repairs are made.

Updates and reporting information for City of Spokane Valley response are available on our website atwww.spokanevalley.org by selecting the News icon at the bottom of the home page, or by calling 921-1000.
LINKS TO WINDSTORM-RELATED INFORMATION AND RESOURCES


Power outages:

Avista Utilities outage information

Inland Power outage information

Modern Electric Water Company outage information

Vera Water & Power outage information


Shelter and warming location details listed below, or call 2-1-1 for more information

  • American Red Cross shelter – Girls Scouts facility, 1404 N. Ash St., open 24 hours, will take all ages and pets.
  • American Red Cross shelter – Cheney United Methodist Church, 204 4th St. in Cheney, 24 hours
  • American Red Cross shelter – Valley Assembly of God Church located at 15618 E. Broadway in Spokane Valley, 24 hours
  • Salvation Army warming center – 222 E. Indiana, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m., will take all ages.
  • HOPE House – Operated By Volunteers of America, 113 W 3rd Ave Spokane, WA serves single women; open tonight 11/19/15
  • House of Charity single adults only – open at 6:00 p.m., 32 W Pacific
  • Crosswalk – 525 W 2nd Ave – open 24 hours, 18 and under only

Day-use facilities

  • Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main is open to get warm and has mobile device charging available.

Affordable, warm meals: 

  • Providence cafeterias at Sacred Heart, St. Luke’s and Holy Family are open to the public and are good places to purchase affordable meals.

Spokane Regional Health District

SNAP services for low-income households – 509-456-7627


Weather Forecast:

National Weather Service Forecast Office Spokane

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