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Free Press Page 9 Thursday, July 31, 2014 continued from page 1 The 85 customers in the Fish Lake area got their power restored at 7:45 p.m. The final problem area was between North Third, North Fourth, Elm and Nolan Brown, No- land said where 65 cus- tomers were in the dark. "We had everyone's power on shortly before 11 p.m." Noland said. "We were real busy for a while there." The trees this time of year are dry enough they'll kick the line out which has the potential of a fire. "We want to make Sure we don't have a fire- storm going, you know," Noland said. As for the suspected lightning strike on Feeder No. 7, Noland said they were not able to deter- mine exactly where it happened. "Our equipment at the substation tells us what sore of fault it was and It took time he said, The storm produced largest was100 by 75 feet supervisor said. "(We) how much magnitude but it was all in the in- just one lightning strike but mostwere 10 by 10.lucked out, didn't lose and amperage,'.Noland terest of safety and all in this area and a small "We got pretty, power. We got off pretty said. That still could have Cheney customers were fire in the viciruty of Har- lucky," Dennstaedt scott free." been a tree into the line back with their power in rison Street and Thorpe said. "Compared to up The Airway Heights but driving the length of just seven hours. Road, Dennstaedt said. north we were really Public Works Depart- the line and seeing no tree "This was the first "It didn't amount to any- unscathed." ment reported acouple issues made lightning the major storm of the year thing, it was a green area Elsewhere across the of branches down and only plausible culprit, that produced outages," and one truck took care West Plains, other areas a downed power line at Because of the fire haz- Noland said. of that." seemed to escape real 21st Avenue and Hay- ard, the line cannot just "We had Cheney Other fires related to damage, too. ford Road. be re-energized without Power on at least two of the storm were caused"A couple of trees P a u l D e I a n e y an inspection. "We need ours," FireDistrict3Dep- by downed power lines, wentdowninthepark, re-can be reached a t to make sure none of it is uty Chief, BillDennstaedt "There were three, may- ally of no consequence," pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. laying on the ground and said. FD 3 also worked on be four fires, all small, Scott Duncan, Medical com. Al Stover contributed is going to start a fire," a few calls for Inland Pow- under a quarter:acre," Lake's city maintenance to this story. Noland said. er, but none for Avista. Dennstaedt said. The continued from page 1 County Fire District 3 truck arrived to monitor the situ- ation and shortly after that a light crew rolled up. Daughter Lindsey, Overlie's ,wife, and his brother, Vaughn, were all in the house when the tree hit. "He thought it was just thunder," Overlie said of his brother's reaction. Overlie's only concern now is that it doesn't rain, and that things get cleaned up by this Saturday, Aug. 2 when the couple's back yard will play host to a . wedding. While it took over four hours to restore power, Overlie realized fire crews had other more pressing business. "Kudos to the fire de- partment and the utilities people," Overlie said. 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